Learning Series 9 : TIME MANAGEMENT

In continuation with my Learning Series; adapted from a motivating and inspiring write-up which I felt would be very useful for both students and the Society as a whole with day – to – day instances, to encourage positive thinking and improve efficiency !!

TIME MANAGEMENT (PLAN YOUR TIME, PLAN YOUR LIFE) How often do you hear yourself saying: you don’t have enough time? Do you wish you should have more time for your studies; for your favourite sport; for preparation for competitive exams?

You can have time for all these things if you plan your time. Learn to manage your time by following the tips and advice given in this Series.
TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NONE: Anthony was a very lazy boy and always used to postpone things. One day his father tried to make him understand the value of time. He said one should always do things on time. Anthony promised his father that he would never postpone things. One day, he came to know about the first prize he got in a singing competition held last month. He was asked to collect the prize the same day. He didn’t care and went to collect the prize the next day. But the prize became useless for him, as it was a ticket to a circus show, which was held the previous day.
Anthony learnt a lesson from this incident.
Can you guess the lesson Anthony learnt at the end? Give importance to the things that really matter.

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Learn the Skill of Time Management:

• To reduce stress and function effectively
• To increase your work output
• To have more control on your activities

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Practice these for Effective Time Management
• Avoid postponement
• Organize work place and home
• Say “NO” wherever needed- firmly but politely
• Develop “NO DISTURBANCE TIME ZONE”
• Use waiting time usefully
• Prepare a “To do” list
• Prioritize
• Replace useless activities with productive activities
• Break big tasks into smaller chunks
• Find your most productive time

Learn to prioritize your work.
Observe the box and prioritize your daily activities under four heads as given below:

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Place each activity given below as per the Box provided above:
Idling/ skill development/ watching TV/preparing for exams/ chatting/dealing with others’ requests/ relationship building/ medical emergency/ writing an article/reading gossip sites.

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Assess how good you are at Time Management.
a. You plan how many hours you will need to study a week.
b. You meet assignment deadlines.
c. You write a daily “to do” list.
d. You prevent social activities from interfering with your study time.
e. You take your studies as your responsibility
f. You set specific goals for each project
Each ‘YES’- 1 mark; NO – 0 marks.
If your score is 4-6 you are a good time manager; between 2-3 it’s OK but not upto the mark. If it is less than 2 – You need to change many aspects.

“Life and time are the world’s best teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time and time teaches us the value of life” – APJ Abdul Kalam
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing” – Peter .Drucker

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