Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Student Life || Time Management

Time management is that thing we get drilled into us our entire lives. I'm starting to regret this post already... why am I drilling more time management into you?! Ok, so it's just a few simple tips, like really simple, and nice. And they work for me from my experience, maybe they will help you! If not I guess they just provide a little insight into the way someone else does time management!


1. Write to-do lists. Duh. Who doesn't do this nowadays anyway?!

A rather intimate look at what I've got going on at the mo hehe.

2. An extension of above; break up your to-do list. For example, instead of "start coursework for X module" write down specifically what you need to do to start it, like "research Y for coursework for X module". Write each bit down individually, with extra details that you might need to know. It looks like a lot but it'll be quicker and easier to tick them off, giving you a sense of satisfaction and achievement. Whatever you do, don't overload your day, and don't beat yourself up if you can't finish everything on the list. I also have a long term to-do list with things I must organise continuously or for a few months so they are always there to remind me.

3. Reward yourself for achievements. This is something my counsellor told me to do to help me with depression and anxiety, however, I think applying it every day is good too! It doesn't have to be expensive, just like "I will make myself a cuppa after crossing three things off my to-do list" would work!

4. Get the worst done first. All you want to do is put it off, you even procrastinate from it by doing other productive things haha. But seriously, just get it done and out of the way, especially if the deadline for it is looming, you want to be prepared!

5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you can tell you aren't coping with everything on your plate and are falling behind don't be afraid to go to someone for help - school teacher, lecturer, supervisor, parent, manager, friend etc. Especially if stress is starting to affect your health. People will understand that you are trying your best. It took me a while to learn this, but now that I have I never hesitate to involve other people or to just let them know if I am struggling.

I hope this post provides a bit of a nudge in the right direction for those not so great at managing their time. It's a practice you can get better at by... practising! Maybe I should be a motivational speaker...

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27 comments :

  1. I was literally thinking yesterday that I needed to find a nice little coffee shop to write blog posts and write notes every so often for a bit of inspiration and change of scene while satisfying my love for coffee! I am useless at anything to do with time management, which really sucks when you're a student and need to make the most of time. There are so many little bits of paper dotted around my room with to do lists on them, I literally have a hopeless memory and need to write things down to have any chance of remembering anything! Love the idea of rewarding yourself and definitely think it's important to ask for help :)

    James

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  2. Ahh this is such a fantastic post!
    I'm the worst for not asking for help as I always feel bad & that I want to do it myself but I think you're right, it can be detrimental for your health. Number 3 is probably something I should try to do to make myself work harder - very motivational! :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

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  3. I totally live for study plans and to do lists. You feel so good when you've completed something. I used to have a sheet and use it as a planner for two months or something and i used to have it colour coordinated etc. :)

    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  4. Fab tips! I always used to put assignment due dates in my diary for a few days before they were actually due. Especially if they are awhile away, that way I would forget I did it and always be right on time with finishing everything!! :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Great tips, I am a massive lover of lists and every week at work I will write a to do list, updating it with new things, taking off what I completed. Don't know what I'd do without them :)

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. These are helpful tips, I especially favor #2 and #3! I have the worst and still long-standing habit of doing work for several hours on end without a break (often going an entire day) and am trying to break out of it :) Will try to apply these.

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  7. I used to be pretty rubbish but making lists and notes actually helps me ridiculous amounts! Like you, hopeless at remembering things haha :P thanks for your lovely comment James :) xo

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  8. Thank you! :) I've been just like that, my mam always got mad at me for not accepting help or advice haha! But even things like going to the dr when you're feeling really low, and asking lecturers for help, it's made such an improvement to my life accepting support from others :) xo

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  9. Haha nothing like crossing each task off throughout the day! Wow that's very organised haha! xo

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  10. Thank you :) oh that's a great idea! I like being ahead of my work, always a good feeling! :) xo

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  11. Thank you :) nothing quite like completing a list of tasks, pretty fulfilling for an every day thing! xo

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  12. Thank you :) wow bless you haha! To be honest different things work for different people so if it works for you no need to change I guess (maybe a little less and at least one break :P) some people can only work for ten mins, then take a short break then another ten mins. Once I get stuck in I can work really well for a solid hour or two, then hour break, and back :) xo

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  13. These are all really useful tips! I massively struggled with time management when I was student - if only I had had your guide back then :-)

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  14. I absolutely agree with all your tips!! Especially the "get the worst done first" and "write to do lists". I feel like once the big burden is over with, Im more energised and positive for the remaining tasks :) Also, I would forget EVERYTHING if it weren't for to do lists


    BCfactor.blogspot.com

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  15. I think it's the short breaks I have a hard time with, it's hard to just turn everything off for fifteen or so minutes at a time (even when I'm at work and on break, I'll still work, and it's even harder at home), but I'll have to try out your method of working for a couple of hours, taking a long break, and then back again - sounds pretty good! :)

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  16. Thanks for this, I really needed a post to motivate me today.
    I think the most important thing I have to do is learn to ask for help when I need it. You are righ though, people will understand
    Steph xx
    http://stephhjayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. It worked so well. I don't feel i need it cause my exams are based on four months of work rather than two years now.

    Ellen
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  18. I think getting the worst done first is the best advice! I like to refer to it as eating the frog :)


    Get the horrible thing out of the way so it doesn't distract you for the rest of the day.


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  19. 1 and 2 - absolutely! I'm a big fan of extensive to do lists :)

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  20. Maybe for a short break just walk to the kitchen and make a cup of tea? Do some jumping jacks while waiting for the kettle to boil? :P just so you move around a bit. Just find whatever works for you :D xo

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  21. Ah bless you thank you, that's a lovely thing to say! If only I stuck to my own guide a bit better hehe :P xo

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  22. It's soooo hard to get started on the monster task but it does make everything else run so much more smoothly! Oh same, I have post it notes all over my desk haha xo

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  23. No worries gal, glad it helped! :)
    That was something I really struggled with for years, even now my mam sometimes has a go at me for not accepting advice or help haha! xo

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  24. Ooh I'm sure I've heard that one before! Is it possible I've read it on your blog...? I bet that's where I've heard that saying hehe! xo

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  25. I organise my to do lists as well haham a blog to do list, cleaning one, uni work... the list goes on hehe ;) xo

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  26. I live for the to-do list. Getting to cross things off makes me feel so productive and I love watching it get shorter!


    I've started getting up early in the morning to do homework before class and this alone has added like 2-3 productive hours to my day. I'm hoping if I keep it up I can cut out the entire weekend as a homework free zone! (:


    Katie @ paperbackplanes.blogspot.com

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