What is Time Management?
Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities. Effective time management allows you time to do everything you need in the day efficiently and with minimal distraction It involves planning ahead and mapping out your day to make your workload feel less overwhelming.
Benefits of effective time management:
Have greater productivity and efficiency. aka. get the things DONE!
There’s less to stress over when you’re not doing your essay last minute.
Enjoy free time that you know you actually worked for (no more guilty Netflix breaks!)
Equip yourself with improved decision-making ability.
Tips for effective time management:
Write a to-do list and prioritise: Efficient time management starts with prioritising your tasks. Prioritise your biggest and most important tasks and complete them first thing in the morning – it is when your willpower is at its strongest and your mind is clearest. That way, tasks that follow will seem much more manageable!
The Pomodoro Technique: This time management system encourages people to break down their workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks! This technique allows daunting tasks to feel more manageable and instills efficiency by giving a rigid structure to what may feel like endless time!
Use planning apps: Phone and computer apps can be extremely helpful in staying on task and keeping focus! Check out our app recommendations below.
Reward yourself: Motivate yourself by allocating a reward for each task you complete! Keep yourself on track by looking forward to something.
Google Calendar: The Google Calendar app allows you to map out your assessments and upcoming events on a virtual calendar that can be accessed both online and offline, from any electronic device! It provides you with reminders of upcoming tasks and includes a color-coding feature which allows you to organise your upcoming tasks and prioritise them.
Microsoft To-do: An app with very simple interface, To-do give you the opportunity to create tasks lists and categorise them. It can be extremely useful in providing structure and a timetable to your workload!
Block Site: With all this time on our hands it is very easy to get lost in the vortex of Facebook memes or hilarious cat videos on YouTube. BlockSite allows you to schedule restricted access from your favourite websites when need to stay focused and productive! It encourages engagement with the task at hand and is a great tool for combating procrastination.
Be Focused – Focus Timer: Be Focused allows you to break up individual tasks into discrete intervals, separated by short breaks to make the workload more manageable and effective
Alarmy - Wake Up Alarm Clock: Snoozing an alarm and then falling back asleep is a very common time-wasting habit of people. Alarmy helps you remove that temptation to snooze by forcing you to get out of bed and complete an activity to turn off the alarm. It grants you more productivity time and get your day started!