In this blog entry I will reflect on my time management skills because the workload at the institute is getting heavier and this reflection will benefit me in my studies. Before beginning my institute courses, I had around a year of not being tied down by any educative facility (not to say that it’s necessarily a good thing) and needless to say, I had a lot of free time. Circumstances are a bit different now and although I can be fairly good in managing my time using schedules and checklists, procrastination gets into my way a bit too often.
A few strategies to improve studying time management include prioritising and completing important tasks first, constraining the time you have to finish a task in order to push yourself to do more work in less time, and creating a habit of completing at least one task every day(Bates, no date).
As the above photo demonstrates, treating yourself is one of the best ways to fight procrastination. Positive reinforcement, studied by psychologist B.F. Skinner, plays a big role in motivation and is proved to improve productivity(Give your motivation a makeover with a little psychology, 2013). Another good tactic is dividing a large project into smaller, manageable tasks as it delivers a psychological boost of motivation and makes the whole project easier to complete(Akalp, 2012).
There is a wide range of apps available online which help with time management and productivity such as Top Tracker, Harvest and Due Time Tracking(Johnson, 2016). Personally, I prefer the more traditional approach of keeping a notebook to track my tasks. I’ve recently discovered a method of simplifying time management through journal logging called Bullet Journal and so far it’s proven to be very helpful.
Bates, J. (no date) Work smarter, not harder: 21 time management tips to hack productivity. Available at: http://www.creativitypost.com/create/work_smarter_not_harder_21_time_management_tips_to_hack_productivity (Accessed: 15 February 2016).
Тhe Tudor house (no date) Available at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/125819383312216796/ (Accessed: 15 February 2016).
ive your motivation a makeover with a little psychology (2013) Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201310/give-your-motivation-makeover-little-psychology (Accessed: 15 February 2016).