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As discussed on p. 32 of the workbook, time management is the key to success in school, work, at home….everywhere in life. If you mismanage your time, then you are limiting your success. Here are the time management strategies that we recommend:
If you can, plan out the entire semester using your, “Class Syllabus.” If you are not a student, having a planner will help with project management. Having a planner can virtually guarantee that you always know what is going on. What should be in your planner?
- Outside of family, DUE DATES FOR ASSIGNMENTS, BIG & SMALL EVENTS, and projects for work are your #1 priority.
- PLAN EVERY HOUR OF YOUR DAY:
- Wake up time; let it be the same time every day
- Give yourself plenty of time in the morning
- Plan on having breakfast every day,
- Work out if you prefer working out in the AM
- 15 minutes, to 1 hour to review notes in the morning, before dinner, and before bed
- Create or review your to do list
- Commute time, time to get to school or work without rushing
- Lunch time
- If you are an athlete, what time is practice if you have it. If you plan to work out, write down that specific time
- Use a different color highlighter to clearly mark all of your due dates for school work, or work projects. Use the same color for one class, not two classes
- Exercise time
- Home work time
- Sleep time, a regular sleep schedule
How much HOMEWORK TIME should you schedule?
In addition to the 15/15/15, you will need to schedule at least 1 to 2 hours of homework time every day.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO STUDY?
Study during daylight hours. Why? Because since birth we are all conditioned to sleep when it is dark. So getting an early start. Limiting study time to daylight hours leads to better grades.
STUDY IN SMALL CHUNKS OF TIME
I personally do not like to sit for an hour, I like to move around. So what worked for me was to look at my schedule, and used both the 15/15/15 strategy, and the 1/1/1 depending upon the topic. A combination of both strategies worked for me, but sitting for an hour or two may work for you, you decide.
FOLLOW THE GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE RULES
p. 33 of your workbook. The Gold rule is, “Study what you do not know.” Do not waste time going over what you know. How do you know when you know it? The Silver rule, “If you can teach it to someone without your notes, then you know it and it is time to move on.” The Bronze rule is, “the more you learn in class, the less you will have to do outside of class.” Be an active listener while in class, or else you will have to relearn it after class. Class time is similar to work time, it is important to be active and alert, be a professional.
Physical exercise is important for mental health. Therefore I recommend 10,000 steps per day as proscribed by doctors on WebMD: WebMD, 10,000 steps per day. I personally find walking more soothing than running.
How much sleep should you schedule? 6 to 8 hours at a minimum each and every night. Modern research has proven that lack of sleep can cause a 20-50% drop in brain function. As a student, or working professional, the last thing you need is a drop in brain function, so get some sleep. If you have a problem sleeping because you things on your mind, creating a “to do list” before bed may help.
WHAT IS A TO DO LIST?
A “To be done,” or “to do list,” is a tiny list of 3-4 things that you want to get done that day. Completing this list daily will make you feel good about yourself every day. More importantly, numerous students say that it helps them to sleep by getting those things out of their heads, and onto a piece of paper.
Purchase a Weekly/Monthly planner, complete it, then proceed to: Know your learning style
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