Time Management

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Time management. Its something we all struggle with. Right now is better than never to start getting organised especially when you’ve willingly inserted yourself in an environment as busy and as demanding as university. Learn to accomplish more with less effort when you take control of your time.

It has been proven that just 10-12 minutes invested in planning your day will save at least 2 hours of wasted time and effort throughout the day! Sounds simple doesn’t it?

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:

  1. 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! 

  2. 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!  

  3. Use planning apps: Phone and computer apps can be extremely helpful in staying on task and keeping focus! Check out our app recommendations below.

  4. Reward yourself: Motivate yourself by allocating a reward for each task you complete! Keep yourself on track by looking forward to something.

 

Helpful apps:

  • 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! 

Activity Logs

Jot down your daily activities and the time it takes to do them! Check out which tasks are more time consuming to organize your day more efficiently.

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To-Do Lists

Lists help keep you on track by reminding you what needs to be done, and when to do them by. Arrange your To-Do Lists by priority and use it to guide your days’ activities!

Goal-Setting

Setting goals can help you take better control of your life and motivate you to get things done. Keep track of your progress through charts on your subjects or bullet journals.

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Calculate the Cost of your Time

Time is money. If you’re in university and honest with yourself, there’s a good chance that you have little in your back pocket. Calculate exactly how much your time is worth based on how much you earn.

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Focus Keeper

Focus Keeper is a free app that helps you keep your productivity high while helping you avoid burnout.

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Rescue Time

RescueTime helps you understand where your time goes each day. Optimize your energy and take back control of your day by tracking your digital habits

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Loop - Habit Tracker

Loop helps you create and maintain good habits, allowing you to achieve your long-term goals. Detailed graphs and statistics show you how your habits improved over time.

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Taskade

id you know that the average person has about 70,000 thoughts a day? Get your thoughts organized with Taskade. Make lists, capture ideas, and collaborate with groups to supercharge your team productivity.

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