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how do you manage time efficently?

I am finishing up my 11th-grade year of high school, and I want to learn how to handle my time a lot better. I slack off at times, and I want to do better with it

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PwC’s Answer

Use post-it notes to list out your tasks. Find a method to organize tasks and events that work best for you (blocking, to-do lists, planners). Be open to exploring different options and perfecting your system. Remind yourself that things may not always go to plan, so structure is key.
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The library at my school had reservable study rooms, so I would reserve a 3-hour block every day and really focus for those three hours to get my work done and study efficiently.
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jessica’s Answer

First of all, I just want to say it's truly wonderful that you're asking this question! It shows that you genuinely care and are aware of your own habits - which are essential for personal growth. Everyone has their own unique approach to managing time, and it's all about finding the one that suits you best.

1) A bit of planning can go a long way - it's just a matter of discovering whether you need short-term or long-term planning. Since you mentioned occasionally slacking off, perhaps short-term planning is more suitable for you, allowing you to adjust as needed.

2) Don't forget to schedule some "slack-off" time as well! It may sound counterintuitive, but setting aside moments for relaxation and fun can actually increase your focus during more intensive work periods.

3) Most importantly, know yourself. Understanding your habits and tendencies, such as procrastination, can help you find the right balance between enjoying the pressure and getting down to business. Trust yourself and your capabilities to get the job done!

Always remember, don't be too hard on yourself! Embrace your strengths and challenges, and keep moving forward. Best of luck in finding your perfect time-management strategy! 🙂
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Lauren’s Answer

Hello Sadae!

I am so happy to hear you want to improve on your time management skills! One thing to remember here is that we will all have our own approach to managing our time so it is about finding a balance of just 1 tactic or even a combination of tactics that help YOU! The more natural something feels to you, the easier it will be for you to achieve! One of the best ways I have helped manage my time in the past as a student and even today as a working professional is by prioritizing my tasks and utilizing lists! It is always a fun and great accomplishment when I feel I can check something off my "to-do" list and know it is taken care of! I recommend looking at your "to-dos" that you have daily and weekly for school and personal life and write those out. Keep in mind if they have due dates or must be done on certain days of the week. Then plan around those. That will help make sure you get the things you need to do done first! With items that are lengthier to complete, try to break them up into smaller more bite sized tasks so it does not get overwhelming and you can still accomplish items and cross them off your list!

Another great way to manage your time is using a calendar! I take advantage of both my smartphone calendar and a physical calendar that I hang on my wall! This allows me to write out not only assignments and tasks, but even events and fun activities like vacation to help motivate me! This has been a fun way to get me excited to get work done as I can see "only 2 more assignments until vacation!" It's all about making the process fun and again, make it work for you!

Most importantly, be patient with the process! Nothing will change overnight but those little steps each day will help you conquer time management!
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Jacqueline’s Answer

hi Sadae

it's great to see that you want to learn to manage time more efficiently. First of all, we all have the same number of hours a day, and often the answer is not about doing more, but rather doing what's important, and strategically.

First start noting down how you are spending your day - do you get interrupted or distracted while you are on something. Are there certain times of the day when your energy is lower. What are the areas you wish you spend less time on.

Areas for you to consider
- First things first by deadlines and Tough ones first (not fun, but this will save you from more stress)
- do these during early part of your day or whenever your energy and productivity peak. Leave the slacking to time of the day when ur energy level is low anyway - n no guilt about that!
- set aside blocks of time that you will commit to only doing something that need to be done.
- reassess priority of what you need to do - what would happen if you dont do it, and the value of doing it. if there is no value of doing something, stop doing it.
- block interruptions - protect yourself from the temptations from your phone, social media etc. Dont let others steal your time.
- for small tasks, if the task takes <5 mins, just get it over and done with. this will save you the overthinking and help
you feel a greater sense of accomplishment.

once you established a structure - you will be more efficient. Dont forget to reward yourself :) time efficiency boils down to making good habits stick and doing what really matters.

let me know how you go about :)

Jacq
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Lauren’s Answer

Front load homework, get it done as soon as it's assigned. Frees up mental space and reduce anxiety
Priority list - what gets done today, this week, eventually
Break tasks into smaller components, then you get small wins and can make progress step by step
Identify what doesn't need to be done - sometimes we spin our wheels on non-essential tasks.
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