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Time Management Tips & Strategies

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time-management.jpgDo you find yourself overwhelmed by the number and complexity of projects that need to be completed at work each day?

Effective time management is a primary means to a less stressful life, both at work, school or at home.

Here is a list of resources and websites that provide tips & ideas on how to manage your time. 

1. Take Control - Identify what truly matters to you and what you want to achieve. Eliminate activities that drain your time and do not bring you closer to fulfilling your goals. Delegate tasks that can be performed by others.   

2. Prioritize - Arrange your list in the order of importance, and do the things you don’t necessarily like doing first – they are the hardest to do, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment once you get it done. 

3. Plan your Day - Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don't start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time and make to-do lists.

4. Allow 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. 

5. Consider Your Environment - Believe it or not, you’ll study more efficiently if you’re comfortable (but not so comfortable you fall asleep). If you can’t stand clutter, pick up before you start. If you need quiet, find a room where you can shut the door.  

6. Know Thyself - We all have a time of the day when we’re 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.

7. Break Up Your Day - Break your day into blocks of time. If you try to study for 5 or 6 hours straight, you’ll probably get less done than if you studied in three blocks of 2 hours each. 

8. Keep Up - Always keep pace with the class. Once you get behind, you’ll easily become overwhelmed.    

9. Take a break - Clear your mind and refresh yourself to refocus. Decide beforehand on a 5, 10 or 15 minute break and stick to that decision. Breaks provide incentive by giving you something to look forward to having.

10. Balance - 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.


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