Time Management

Time is the most precious resource a student has. It is also one of the most wasted of resources.

There is a fine line between failing and succeeding.. People who fail often work as hard as those who succeed but one of the main differences is that successful people plan their time more carefully, prioritise better and are more focused.

………This course gives you the techniques of maximizing your learning whilst reducing your study time.
Eamonn, 5th Year CBS Kilkenny

During a Learning 4 Learning™ workshop students are guided on how to:
  • spend at least fifteen minutes a week planning the week ahead
  • complete a time audit
  • decide on personal and work goals for this week
  • design a weekly timetable

By using a colour code system they learn to identify time taken up with unavoidable and necessary tasks such as eating, sleeping and travelling. Using a different colour they can then plot time spent on other activities such as sport and recreation. From here they can then decide where time can be used more efficiently. Students can then pinpoint suitable time slots for revision.

Time Management Tips

Prioritise what is important on a weekly basis. Choose a maximum of five tasks to complete each day and score them in order of importance. Start with number one and work through the list. If you complete these before your day is over, you can take a break or you may wish to prioritise another three tasks for the rest of the day. If you don’t complete these, transfer them to the list for the next day.

People often waste much of their time on minor things. Handle each piece of paper one and then file it. Read information that is important and throw out anything that is not useful. 

When you are busy always consider if there is anything that you can delegate to someone else to take the pressure off you. These will be the less important tasks. Explain to that person the reason you are delegating and exactly how they can help you by carrying out the task. It is also important to explain exactly how the task should be done (if necessary) so that you won’t be interrupted or have to waste time explaining for the second time to that person.

Know what’s important. Plan regularly to avoid rushing and adding extra pressure. Watch out for dead time which can be used effectively like sitting on a bus for an hour – use this time to get a task completed.

Don’t leave your studying until all the other jobs have been done. An efficient study period followed by something recreational can sometimes work well as a motivational tool.

One of the most powerful time management tools that good time managers use is to do one thing at a time. Put your full concentration on that task before moving on to the next task. Focus on the results not the action!

Create time each day for you – even if it is just five minutes. Make this a priority to reduce stress. This should be selfish time which can be simply reading a book, having a bath, walking the dog, having a jog, watching TV.