Time is important to us all, but it can be difficult to control and we can easily lose track. To increase your productivity and make use of the time you have, try these time management tips.
1. Say 'No' every once in a while
Saying “no” is a good way to help you take control of your time.1 Of course, there will be tempting offers from friends and family regarding a fun trip or activity, such as going to a concert to see your favorite artist. Saying “no” can be hard for some people, but it's an important word to learn to use. This one word can be the key to time management.
2. Discover when you're most productive
Everyone has a special part of the day when they really become productive.2 This may be in the morning, a few hours after lunch, or late in the evening. Realizing what time of day you get the most work done can help manage your time better. Treat this time of the day as your special time to get important work done.
3. Create a weekly schedule
Whether you are a full-time student and have a part-time job, or you're trying to balance being a stay-at-home mom and part-time student, look at how you spend your time each week. Noting where you spend most of your time will help you prioritize it. Look at what tests and projects you have in the upcoming weeks and figure out ways to chip away at them each week. Creating a time management schedule, even if it's a tight one, can help keep you on track without losing sight of your priorities.