Guide: 10 Tips for Managing Your Time More
As an online
student, youve already taken a great step
toward effective time management with a study
anytime, anywhere program. Beyond this,
there are literally hundreds of resources, Web
sites and books that provide ideas on how to
manage your time.
those we thought were especially useful to busy
online students, as well as some additional
resources to check out.
Lists. In the morning (or even
the night before), write down all you
hope to accomplish that day
including tasks related to work, home and
Arrange your list in the order of
importance, and do the things you
dont necessarily like doing first
they are the hardest to do, and
youll feel a great sense of
accomplishment once you get it done.
for Interruptions.The phone is
going to ring, the kids will fight and
the dog will bark. Remember to factor in
time for interruptions so your to-do list
is realistic, and doable.
Your Environment. Believe it or
not, youll study more efficiently
if youre comfortable (but not so
comfortable you fall asleep). If you
cant stand clutter, pick up before
you start. If you need quiet, find a room
where you can shut the door.
Thyself. We all have a time of
the day when were at our best.
Figure out what yours is, and put that
time to good use. If you find you can
concentrate best at 5 a.m. get out
of bed early and hit the books then.
Up Your Day. Break your day into
blocks of time. If you try to study for 5
or 6 hours straight, youll probably
get less done than if you studied in
three blocks of 2 hours each.
Up. Always keep pace with the
class. Once you get behind, youll
easily become overwhelmed.
Aside Online Time. Especially if
youre working in a dial-up
environment, its important to try
accessing courses and materials at
off-peak hours. This is true of the
university, and your Internet Service
Provider both of which may impact
the speed in which you are able to
download information. This will vary; so
go online at different hours to determine
which will be most efficient.
Use every minute you can, and
carry lecture notes and text books with
you when you get your oil changed, ride
the train to work and have a doctors
appointment, as well as when you travel.
Balance and moderation are the
keys to success, and happiness. In
addition to work and school, be sure to
make time for yourself and your family.
For a guide
on getting a handle on how much time you spend
working, playing, studying, eating and sleeping
check out http://www.gmu.edu/gmu/personal/time.html
from the George Mason University Self-Development
Take a mini-online seminar from Virginia Tech
on Time Management Strategies for Improving Academic Performance
advice on time management and organization, take
a look at http://www.organizetips.com.
They have everything from a wedding planner, to
organizing for seniors, to a variety of time
youre overwhelmed by email whether
at work or home youll want to review
these tips for effective email time management
from First Step Communications at http://www.firststep.com.au/articles/email-tm.html.
you can find online or at your local bookstore
Procrastination and Make the Grade: The
Six Styles of Procrastination and How
Students Can Overcome Them by Linda
Smart: Time Management for College
Students by Diana Scharf-Hunt.
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