Man­age time well for higher pro­duc­tiv­ity

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

ARE you spend­ing too much time on Face­book? Are you like the White Rab­bit from Alice in Won­der­land: al­ways in a pan­icky rush, with the stress lev­els go­ing sky high?

Time man­age­ment can help you gain a lit­tle breath­ing space.

Find out what’s up

Keep a log of your daily ac­tiv­i­ties for about two weeks and see what you do that is pro­duc­tive and what is not. Are you spend­ing too much time read­ing e-mail? Limit the times you check your in­box. Too much time on Face­book? Set your phone to limit you to five-minute ses­sions.

Plan for en­ergy

Han­dling de­mand­ing jobs dur­ing your peak en­ergy pe­ri­ods through­out the day and week al­lows you to get more done in less time. Hap­pi­est on Mon­days? Move your most im­por­tant work to that day. If you are a morn­ing per­son, sched­ule your in­ten­sive tasks for that time.

Get a big desk di­ary

En­ter all your ma­jor dead­lines on the month-by-month view. Break down tasks into mile­stones. Real­is­ti­cally ap­prox­i­mate the amount of time it will take to com­plete each mile­stone and com­plete task.

En­ter your mile­stones into the week-by­week view. Add rou­tine re­spon­si­bil­i­ties into your weekly page. Now you know what you must do ev­ery week.

Share the load

You have to do your own work but you can club to­gether to get re­sources such as pa­pers, mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and book chap­ters needed for as­sign­ments. When­ever you can, share re­search tasks with a study buddy.

If you’re work­ing with some­one no­to­ri­ously in­ef­fi­cient, con­tact her or him at a suit­able time be­fore the dead­line.

Switch off

One of the big­gest time wasters is be­ing too con­nected. When you’re study­ing, switch off your phone, dis­able your chat sys­tem, and switch off Skype. Now you can get down to work with­out con­stant in­ter­rup­tions. –

By ELLEN WHYTE

When­ever you can, share re­search tasks with a study buddy.

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