HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time

Tolstoy

Why use time management skills?

It's important that you develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands of time for study, leisure, earning money and jobhunting. Time management skills are valuable in jobhunting, but also in many other aspects of life: from revising for examinations to working in a vacation job.

Sometimes it may seem that there isn't enough time to do everything that you need to. This can lead to a build up of stress. When revising for examinations, or during your final year when you have to combine the pressures of intensive study with finding time to apply for jobs good management of your time can be particularly important. Once we have identified ways in which we can improve the management of our time, we can begin to adjust our routines and patterns of behaviour to reduce any time-related stress in our lives.

What

skills are required for effective time management?

Some of these skills including setting clear goals , breaking your goals down into discreet steps. and reviewing your progress towards your goals are covered in Action Planning .

Other skills involved include prioritising - focusing on urgent and important tasks rather than those that are not important or don't move you towards your goals; organising your work schedule; list making to remind you of what you need to do when; persevering when things are not working out and avoiding procrastination.

TIME MANAGEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Here is an exercise which will help you to identify areas in which you might be able to improve your time management and action planning and give you strategies to help you to do this.Try to answer the 40 questions as honestly as you can.

Click on "First Question" to begin. Answer ALL the questions. You can go back to change your answers by clicking on the previous question button.

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