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Time management: a short guide

A short guide to time management

Communicating

Talk to your tutor and friends about time management skills

You can arrange to meet your tutor to help you prioritise your work. Personal tutors have probably been in your position when they were students, so their advice could make a significant difference. Also, talk to your friends about how they manage their time – everyone has their own method.

Take time to relax

Go for a walk or a run to defocus your mind from all distractions and concerns. If possible, get out to a park or a garden. This can contribute to maintaining good mental health. After a walk, you may be surprised by the fresh ideas and energy that you have.

Build good habits

Many aspects of time management are actually about developing good habits. Try the following approach. What gets in the way? Work out what’s getting in the way of good habits eg, procrastination, the lure of social media, fear of failure, inability to concentrate. Work on study routines; If you keep practising, good habits will become automatic, so you don’t even think about them. For example:

  • Prioritising your tasks for each day
  • Updating your to-do list
  • Checking your calendar
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Continually reviewing your progress
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