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Any advice for time management and keeping track of assignments?

I'm an 11th grader who's struggling to manage time. #time-management

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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Victory!

Time management is a lifelong pursuit. You have to find a system that works best for you. When I was in school, at the beginning of the term, when provided with a syllabus, I would look through it for key dates and write them down in my planner so I could have a view of those upcoming deadlines ahead of time. Are you a physical planner or calendar person? Do you prefer electronic calendars on your phone or computer? Maybe if you're really struggling to keep assignment dates in order, both would be helpful. Maybe leave yourself post-it note reminders of dates that are quickly approaching.

If you have other extracurriculars or responsibilities to manage aside from schoolwork, set alarms or timers for dedicated time to focus on certain tasks. If you really need to, schedule your day hour by hour. There are many planners available in this hourly format to help you optimize your time. In order for the system to work, it has to be something realistic that you can keep up with. You don't want to make a schedule or implement a tool that feels like an additional stressor to manage. Good luck!
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John’s Answer

Victory make a commitment to yourself to plan your time every day. It only takes a few minutes but makes a drastic difference in how productive you are. Hold yourself accountable to plan on a daily basis and stay focused on the activities that are important.

STEP ONE: SCHEDULE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FIRST – We all have activities that we enjoy doing and other activities that we try to avoid. When you plan your day, start your day doing the things that are most important. You have the most energy in the morning. Jump in and focus on the most vital activities before you have distractions and unexpected problems that could take you off course.

STEP TWO: SET GOALS – It’s almost impossible to use time well if you don’t know what to do with it. Students can benefit from having short- and long-term goals. For example, a short-term goal might include completing your homework early each day, so they have ample time to get to your other goals for the day. Build a little cushion to allow you to finish the first meeting and still be on time for the next commitment.

STEP THREE: PRIORITIZATION – By assessing what needs to be achieved within a given timeframe, tasks can be rated according to their importance. Setting priorities for each day, week, month and year can help you accomplish your goals. It also helps to ensure activities that are vitally important but not urgent – such as adequate sleep and exercise. Some people like to prioritize easy tasks for early in the day and use the boost to move forward. Others prefer to tackle bigger jobs first.

STEP FOUR: ORGANIZATION – Once priorities are set, it’s important to have a plan for getting them done. Some people are naturally well-organized, and others need some help. Strategies like maintaining an up-to-date calendar and keeping a tidy study environment might help Victory. Maybe, Study one hour per hour in class for an easy class, two hours per hour in class for an average class, and three hours per hour in class for a difficult class

STEP FIVE: MANAGE YOUR STRESS – Nobody performs at their peak under excessive stress. Students need healthy ways to manage the pressures of study while maintaining productivity. Getting enough sleep and exercising are all great ways to keep stress at bay, and actually make learning more efficient. Get plenty of rest and take a break when its needed, evaluate how your spending your time and reward yourself with something fun when you accomplish your goals.

Hope this helps Victory
Thank you comment icon Thank You Jonathan. Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. John Frick
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Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer

Hi Victory,

The best way to do this is:

> Prepare your To-do list in the morning.
> Write the time you want to allot to each given task you have written.
> Keep the list beside you. (Purchase a diary or you can write it in the Notes App on your mobile)
> Break is the must! Make sure you have a break after every 1 hr. That break can be from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.

Above all, don't forget to eat well and drink water! As it keeps your mind healthy and on track!

I hope my answer help!

All the best!

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Jezreel’s Answer

Honestly dude, when I used to be in high school, phones weren’t much of a thing. I didn’t have too many problems managing my priorities because there was nothing to distract me. If I could give you advice, I would say put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ or only look at your phone for time or emergency calls/texts. It makes a huge difference if you aren’t distracted because it commonly comes between you and your responsibilities. It happens to all of us. Another piece of advice I’ll give you realistically is, you won’t be consistently working on assignments for example 4-6 hours consistently everyday. Span this out slightly so you prevent yourself from being over burnt. Take a 10-15 minute break after a good 1.5-2 hours and use those 10-15 minutes to do something relating to your priorities whether it be planning or action. Then resume the rest of your work and repeat. Instead of cramming everything done at the same time, periodically do small things in succession to get bits and bits done. It’s like the saying “every penny counts.” Distractions for every human being is the main reason for lack of time management. Good luck!
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Natalie’s Answer

Hi Victory. At 32 years old I still struggle with this. My best advice is to make to-do lists. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a ton of tasks to check off. Just the ones most important to you. Sure, distractions will arise and that’s ok. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Best of luck!
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kyujin’s Answer

Time management is important, i would suggest making a planner either online or by having a physical planner on a calendar, etc.
then I try to make a to do list for each day and plan ahead for any upcoming assignment, quizzes or exams.
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Jonathan’s Answer

Hi Victory,

Another option is to form or join a group of your peers that are serious about their coursework and succeeding. Take the points mentioned above and apply them to the group and hold each other accountable to meet those goals. When tests come, you all can study together. If someone is stuck on an assignment, the others can help them to better understand the work. You are responsible for your work, but that doesn't mean you can't ask others for help. I hope this helps.
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Sherlyn’s Answer

Hi there,

This is a great question! I have always had a hard time at time management. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and some times a planner might not work for you and you may need to use other strategies to manage time. I would try different methods like the Pomodoro Technique. The way it works is that you choose a task , set a timer for 25 min and you focus on the task at hand. When the alarm rings checkmark on the paper and take a short break. Then you repeat the steps. Hope this helps!




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