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What are some good tips for time management?

I will be attending college in the fall and I plan to be involved, as well as earn good grades. I would like to know if anyone has any methods or advice that will #college #college #school help me.

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Phoebe’s Answer

Simple! the 4Ds

Delete...if a task is not urgent, not important, it will be a distraction. Delete it from your list. For example , attending a party in the middle of your exam season.

Delegate...some tasks are urgent but not important. You can delegate to someone who has lesser on their trays at that time and do something else.

Do...some tasks will be very urgent and very important Do them as in asap. For example, attending lectures. Tackling as assignment that is due. Taking meals. You wont delegate these!

Defer...there are tasks that will be important but not urgent. Plan for them. Make a schedule on when to do them. For example, you are to prepare for a speech in one of the college forums say next month...

Time management requires discipline. There may be many prescriptions but discipline is the key. You are your own life chauffeur!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the comment! I also find that discipline is acquired when you have a purpose that's larger than you. For me, that's serving others and giving knowledge that can empower millions one day! I know that if I want to impact the world, I must impact myself first, and induce a fundamental shift in the way that I approach problems, which equates to developing the skill of discipline! Discipline isn't innate, but rather a skill that can be developed through simple marginal adjustments to one's routine. All the best! Aun
Thank you comment icon Agreed! Discipline can be learned like most of the skills out there. It gives one s driving force. Phoebe Ngugi
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Tadeusz’s Answer

Recently I read “No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs” by business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy. Dan said, “if you read every time management book ever written or go to every time management seminar offered, you'll be able to boil all the technique "stuff" down to just a few things worth doing”. From his point of view there are five key time management techniques worth of use and from my experience I may only echo him:

1.     Make and use lists. There are different lists which can be helpful but for you as a student two are most important: My Schedule (day by day for entire year) and Things-to-Do List (organized by month, week, day with prioritization).

2.     Tickle the memory with tickler files. Probably you won’t have enough space for file folders in the drawer but don’t worry, there is plenty of “contact management programs” for desktop PCs and mobile devices.  Appropriate choice could be MS OneNote.

3.     Minimize meetings. They are not a place to work, learn or get anything done.

4.     Block your time. Month to month, the time blocks for work in library, on your essays, visit in the gym, theater, cinema etc.

5.     Profit from “odd lot” time. Almost everything is now portable and accessible through online media but don’t waste your time. Instead of watching royal wedding on YouTube you may watch interesting seminar or read actual book on your Kindle.

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Taylor’s Answer

Hello! Another great book to add to your reading list is "Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy. The book talks about how successful people don't try to do EVERYTHING on their list, but instead they learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they actually get done. The book also talks about if the first thing you do each morning is the most challenging task (or: "eat a live frog:), then you'll have the satisfaction of knowing it's probably the worst thing you'll have to accomplish all day.

I took this learning into the own style of how I manage my day at work. I start with the task that I dread the most - also because I'm a morning person and I know that morning hours is when my brain is most productive.

1. Figure out when you are most productive. It's different for everyone. Like I said before, I am most productive in the morning - so that is when I need to set aside time to accomplish my most challenging tasks for the day.

2. Remove distractions - put your phone away or on "Do not disturb", set a timer on when you will not surf the web for fun, find a silent space, set yourself up for success by removing the most temping distractions to divert your attention.

3. Stay healthy - your brain functions best when you properly sleep, nourish it, stay hydrated and eliminate stress. You can naturally manage your time better by ensuring that you are taking care of yourself on a daily basis.

Hope this helps!

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Mike’s Answer

I keep one calendar (on my phone) and put work and personal items on the same calendar. I also schedule time for things that might not immediately appear to need scheduling (i.e. drive time to and from an appointment).
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