There is a myriad of techniques highly effective people use to manage time, saving extra hours daily. After planning and prioritising the most important tasks which we discussed in the first article “Time Management for Students 101“, you’d also need techniques to ensure that you spend optimal time on each task and not waste the limited time.
Some of these techniques have been listed below. You should practise these techniques religiously for effectiveness.
Set an estimated time limit to complete each task. Spending that extra time to estimate how long it will take to complete a task saves you several problems a hard or complex task can bring. For example, thinking through the task can help you discover potential challenges and impediments to finishing the task. You should go ahead to solve these potential impediments before you commence the day or task.
The estimated time should also be realistic and you should constrain yourself to stick to it (timeboxing). This will help you stay focused, reduce distractions, and ultimately increase your efficiency.
2. Take a break in between tasks
Once and again, give your brain and body a chance to relax after each task. Take planned breaks. You should however ensure that you also timebox your break time to avoid getting carried away. Also, ensure your rest is spent doing things that relax your brain and body indeed.
This technique utilises the two practices mentioned above and a couple of others in a systematic way to achieve efficiency.
The idea is to divide your day into 30 minutes timeboxes (pomodoros). 25 minutes is used to work on a task and the next 5 minutes is dedicated to rest. After four pomodoros, take a long break for 15 – 20 minutes.
Using timeboxing and the Pomodoro technique together could be a little confusing because the Pomodoro technique has a seemingly defined time box of 30 minutes which might not be enough to complete a task considering your estimated time.
A way to solve this is to continuously work on a task for consecutive pomodoros until it is complete. To effectively do this, you can estimate your time with a Pomodoro as your standard unit; say working on this code will take one Pomodoro (30 minutes), or two pomodoros (1 hour).
The Pomodoro Technique has helped people achieve stellar efficiency daily. You can read more about it here.
Proper time management skills will help save more daily time and more importantly reduce or avoid stress. Also, you should know multitasking is not advisable for proper time management and efficiency. It is better to focus on a task, complete it, take a rest, and continue with the next.
There are several other tips for time management but we chose the easier to adopt ones. We hope this helps you better manage your time and reduce dramatically all the stress that comes with the day to day life of a student.
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