This post was originally published in ACCA Potential e-magazine
Why is it that when there is something that we have to do, we find a million other things we ‘need’ to do first? It is not easy juggling your deadlines all at once; add in paid work, socialising, keeping fit, responsibilities and family. Good time management isn’t just about being able to make a study timetable or work schedule. It’s important to learn how to use the time you have effectively.
Try the following tips to improve your time management:
* prioritise your tasks
* be self-motivated to get your work completed
* get yourself organised so that you don’t waste time looking for things
* develop your study practices so that you use your time efficiently
* stay informed about things like timetables, submission processes and deadlines
For a quick fix to get your time under control try these 5 steps
List everything you need to do
Listing what you need to do is the first step in taking control instead of being reminded and overwhelmed at the thought of everything you still need to do.
Organise under three headings – now, soon and later
Prioritise deadlines into what needs to be done now or perhaps can wait to be done ‘later’. You might be lucky and find that it does not need to be done after all.
Break down big tasks into smaller steps
Try breaking down your tasks into smaller chunks, taking a step at a time, rather than aiming to complete the whole task all in one go.
Tick off what you have done from your ‘now’ list.
It feels good when you get one piece of work done and helps you relax to work on the next piece calmly, even if it was something you were avoiding. If you get stuck, ask for help or go back to the basics and build from there.
Make a plan to tackle the other tasks and put them in order of priority.
Plan what you have to do and when it needs to be done by. Make sure you check the deadline dates and word counts, you are not expected to do more than the scope that is set out for you.