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Time management tips

Too much to do and not enough time to do it in? Sounds like you need some time management advice. Read on to become a time lord and not a time loser...

1: Avoid interruptions
Switch off your phone, and try to find a quiet study space away from distractions. If you struggle to avoid interruption, try setting a timer and doing 25 minute bursts of focused work followed by 5 minute breaks. This can make it easier, because if something does distract you, you know you can deal with it during your next break.
2: Be inspired
Use post-it notes, inspiring quotes, images, and visual reminders on your wall to keep you focused. Perhaps even decide now what you want to get out of school. If you want good exam results to go to university, remind yourself of that goal the next time you’re lacking in motivation.
3: R and R
If you want to be a good time manager, you need to find time for some rest and relaxation. Always ensure you get enough sleep- about 8 hours is healthy.

You should also try to find time to relax in the evenings after school or college. This will help you sleep and feel more refreshed for the next day.
4: The half hour rule
The next time you get in from school, spend half an hour getting started on some work or just thinking about the homework you were given that day.

That way if you then go out with your mates, play video games or watch telly, you will know what is urgent and can start planning your next steps in order to get the work done to the best of your ability and handed in on time.
5: Don’t be afraid to say no
In an ideal world it’d be great to do everything; go out with friends, join sports clubs and ace the exams. But, you’ve got to be realistic.

If you feel that there is pressure to do things outside of school which you don’t think you have time for, just be honest. The chances are your mates will follow your lead!
6: Avoid interruptions
Switch off your phone, and try to find a quiet study space away from distractions. If you struggle to avoid interruption, try setting a timer and doing 25 minute bursts of focused work followed by 5 minute breaks. This can make it easier, because if something does distract you, you know you can deal with it during your next break.
7: Divide and conquer
It can be hard to know when to start, but if you break jobs down into smaller tasks, which you tackle one-by-one, things will become much easier. If you’re not sure how to do this, write a list of everything you need to do to complete an assignment. Put it in the correct order then tackle it head-first!
8: Set targets
Set yourself work targets that are specific, achievable and realistic. Saying you’re going to work solidly for 12 hours isn’t any of the above. Remember, short bursts of productivity are more effective than long slogs.
9: Start a time planner or timetable
Each week create a time planner or timetable of the things you need to do. Whenever you are set new work, set time for it in the planner. This way you will be more in control of your time and work and will avoid stressful situations where you rush your work the night before it’s due.
10: To do list
At the end of every day, make a ‘to do’ list for the next day, and use that as the basis for your work. It is satisfying to tick off your tasks as you complete them.
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