There are some strange people who tie a sting around their finger to remember something. Don‘t laugh at them. A visual reminding of some thing you are expected to do can be a powerful time management system. For example if you remember to pack your lunch every day but forget to get it to work with you, you can write a note on a bright neon colored paper ―did you remember your lunch today‖ and tape it to the inside of the visor of your car.
Arriving at home, you can put the visor down. You will surely notice it the next morning when you get in to the car and remind you of taking lunch with you.Implementation of simple management systems are an effective means of growing more efficient and organized.
There are some basic Principles of Time Management that you can apply.
1. Identify “Best Time” for Studying: Everyone has high and low periods of attention and concentration. Are you a “morning person” or a “night person”. Use your power times to study; use the down times for routines such as laundry and errands.
2. Study Difficult Subjects First: When you are fresh, you can process information more quickly and save time as a result.
3. Use Distributed Learning and Practice: Study in shorter time blocks with short breaks between. This keeps you from getting fatigued and “wasting time.” This type of studying is efficient because while you are taking a break, the brain is still processing the information.
4. Make Sure the Surroundings are Conducive to Studying: This will allow you to reduce distractions which can “waste time.” If there are times in the residence halls or your apartment when you know there will be noise and commotion, use that time for mindless tasks.
5. Make Room for Entertainment and Relaxation: College is more than studying. You need to have a social life, yet, you need to have a balance in your life.
6. Make Sure you Have Time to Sleep and Eat Properly: Sleep is often an activity (or lack of activity) that students use as their time management “bank.” When they need a few extra hours for studying or socializing, they withdraw a few hours of sleep. Doing this