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Time Management is something that can be hard to get the hang of. But that’s why I’m dedicating this post to an article that offers some helpful and easy tips to learn how to best mange your time.

According to Study Guides and Strategies there a lot of key components that go into managing your time. This website is all about small but important things that help you out in the long run. It goes through the process of breaking down where to start.

The article starts off by saying “One goal is to help yourself become aware of how you use your time as one resource in organizing, prioritizing, and succeeding in your studies in the context of competing activities of friends, work, family, etc”.

It goes on to talk about how the first thing you have to do is once you get your schedule for the semester is sit down and plan out when you are going to do your homework and study. You must make a place that is completely free from distractions.

“No cell phone or text messaging!  where you can maximize your concentration and be free of the distractions that   friends or hobbies can bring! You should also have a back-up space that you   can escape to, like the library, departmental study center, even a coffee shop   where you can be anonymous. A change of venue may also bring extra resources.”

The article goes on to explain that it is important to have “weekly reviews” even when you don’t have tests. Keeping up on all of the assignments and notes you have for class helps you stay on top of your deadlines for your classes.

It is always important to prioritize your assignments. Make sure you always do your hardest assignment first. “You’ll be fresh, and have more energy to take them on when you are at your best.”

Prioritizing your assignments also means that you need to wait to do things that are not crucial for the time being.

“This can be the most difficult challenge of time management. As learners we  always meet unexpected opportunities that look appealing, then result in poor  performance on a test, on a paper, or in preparation for a task. Distracting  activities will be more enjoyable later without the pressure of the test,  assignment, etc. hanging over your head. Think in terms of pride of  accomplishment. Instead of saying “no” learn to say “later”.

Even though it might sound like a great idea to to go out with your friends you need to get your work done first becasuse you are in college to get an education.

So in the end the most important thing is to plan ahead, prioritize, and postpone unnecessary acivities. These things will all contribute to a well balanced schedule and a healthy lifestyle with less stress. YOU CAN DO IT ALL, IF YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME.

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