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Question Time Management - February 20th 2014, 10:27 PM

I am currently finishing up my senior year of highschool and it has been a crazy one! I need some better ways to manage my time though because I often find myself pushing things off til its too late and I'd really love to break this habit. Do ya'll have any tips? If you do, it would be appreciated very much!(:

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Re: Time Management - February 21st 2014, 01:13 AM

Oh my gosh, I'm in my senior year so I totally feel ya! I'm currently procrastinating on some scholarship essays but I'll give you some stuff that's helped me in the past!

I guess one thing that has helped me is making a schedule. I've realized that if I set some time aside JUST for doing the work I'm supposed to, I'm more likely to do it because then I can look at it and remind myself "I will still have time to do (other activities here)" if that makes sense. I also remind myself that "The sooner I get this done, the sooner I will be able to get to relax!" Maybe you can remind yourself that the sooner you get it done, the less stress you'll have.

You can always reward yourself for getting what you need to do done. Is there a movie you want to see or a goodie you want to eat? You can motivate yourself to get your work done by rewarding yourself with something you really want to do or have after you finish.

Eliminate distractions. That's a big one. Unless you need the computer for your assignment, don't have it in the room with you. If you have certain sites that distract you, you can also use parental controls to block them while you are doing the work. Of course, since you'd have the password you'd be able to skirt around the controls, but maybe seeing a screen pop up saying the site is blocked will remind you "Oh yeah, I have to do work." If you have a phone, leave it off or put it in another room. If you think you'd still be tempted to use it, you can give it to someone in order to make sure that you don't use it. Sometimes even the TV can be a distraction to me if I don't want to do work, so turn it off or do your work in a room without one.

You can always have someone like a parent, sibling, or friend check on you while you are supposed to be working, provided they won't distract you. They could walk by your area and make sure you're on task and getting things done, and if not they can give you a friendly reminder.

Another option you have is a "study group" sort of thing if you have friends who are doing the same things you are. Of course, make sure that the friends you bring into the study group aren't going to distract you even more! It may help you get the work done faster when all of you are pushing through it together, and it may make things more fun.

I hope this has helped.


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Re: Time Management - February 24th 2014, 12:21 PM

I have a wall planner. It's a practical soloution to a 12, often 14 hour slog. I can see on the day what needs to be done, what appointments we have, but that's always after feeding the sheep and a perpetually hungry chorus of hoof-stamping goats.

But outside working hours it's always good to make a List. I love lists, they allot our time to hobbies, online social networking, socialising when unchained from the computer and enjoying good old Me Time.

That said, if you are in full-time education, then these two links may prove to be very useful.



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Re: Time Management - February 24th 2014, 07:24 PM

Sometimes procrastination is inevitable, especially when you have a lot going on. Time management is one of the most important, yet difficult, skills to learn. Your ability to time manage will continuously improve.

Having a "To-Do" list is imperative to my life. I feel lost without an extremely comprehensive to-do list, outlining everything I have to do. I have a calendar on my computer (and my phone) and use it in conjunction with my to-do list. I try to plan out every minute of every day, including medial tasks such as eating lunch, showering, etc. These activities take up time during your day, and it's important to make yourself aware of that.

With regards to the best time management technique that works, there's no one right answer; everyone is different and will have different preferences. Try different things and see what works best for you. Don't be too hard on yourself re: procrastination, though; it's apart of life and sometimes, people work much better when under that pressure. I'd only start to worry if (a) you're not meeting your deadlines and/or (b) you're feeling tremendously stressed out. Otherwise, do things at your own pace because it's obviously working for you. Remember: we need those breaks in even our most busy of days. Watch television, or go to the gym; do something fun. These breaks keep you sane, even if you have piles of work to do.

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