Deadlines looming? Time running out? Make the best use of the time you have.
As deadlines rapidly approach you may feel that time is slipping away. But fear not! This blog will give you some hints and tips to help you manage your time effectively.
Organisation is key! Being organised will help you to feel like you are in control and reduce any feelings of anxiety you may have.
It’s useful to take a few minutes to make a list of everything you need to do and decide which of these tasks is the most urgent. This will help you to focus your attention where it is most needed.
There are free online resources you can use to help you with time management.
- The ASK- Assessment Survival Kit allows you to input a start date and finish date for an assignment. It then gives you a whole range of steps you can follow to help you complete the assignment with regular short deadlines to keep you on track.
- Forest: Stay focused (Android / iOS). This app will encourage you to put down your phone and focus on your work. You plant a seed in the forest, as time passes the seed will grow into a tree. However, if you give in and look at your phone, the tree will wither.
You may find it helpful to set yourself mini-goals. This makes any task seem much more manageable and you will always be able to achieve something, no matter how small. Make sure your mini-goals are specific, realistic and measurable. For example, you could split an assignment into small tasks such as ‘read pages 20-24’. It’s also satisfying to be able to cross tasks off your list once completed!
Think about where you do your best studying and find somewhere you will not be distracted. Switch off your phone, log out of your email to help you stay focused! But remember to take regular short breaks! Most people can concentrate for up to 50 minutes; working for longer than this will mean you lose concentration and you will be less productive. Taking a 10 minute break every hour will help to keep you motivated.
Although getting your work done and meeting those deadlines is important, you need to allow yourself some free time. Perhaps set aside an evening away from your studies to catch up with friends. You will feel better for it!
If you need advice on any aspect of your work you can meet with a Study Skills Adviser who will be able to answer any questions you have.
Call into one of our drop in sessions: Every Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm, Murray Library or every Thursday between 10am and 1pm, St Peters Library.
You could also book a one-to-one appointment, simply fill out the online form: One-to-one advice