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Time Management

by Teen Intern, Neeka!

It's difficult for anyone to manage time and be productive. Although it seems like something you're either born with or don't have, time management is in fact a skill that can be learned like any other. We live in a digital age where it's all too easy to get distracted from work by your smartphone or TV. But after reading this article to learn about the different methods of time management, you'll be able to balance schoolwork, extracurriculars, and all other activities with time to spare!

First, in order to implement any method of time management, you'll need to get rid of your distractions. This means turning OFF your phone and laptop and putting them in another room. Out of sight, out of mind. If you need your computer to do homework, you can install an extension on your web browser which limits your time on time-wasting websites. Out of the many extensions available, I recommend StayFocusd for Google Chrome and LeechBlock for Firefox. You can also install an app on your phone or tablet to limit your time on it, like Moment for iPhone or TimeApp for Android.

Now that you're freed of distractions, let's discuss various approaches to time management. It may take a few tries to find the method that's best suited to you, as everyone is different.

The Pomodoro Method is favorable among students who have trouble focusing, because you only need to work in 25-minute increments. You work for 25 minutes, allow yourself a five-minute-long break, and then go back to working for another 25 minutes. Every third break you take should be 10 minutes long. Try it the next time you can't seem to get through your English book without getting bored.

To-do lists can also help with productivity. You can use a bullet journal, which is a journal of to-do lists which can be marked with various signs--you can learn more about that on bulletjournal.com. But you could also use a less complicated system: a simple blank sheet of paper with all of your tasks written on it. Recognize your priorities and estimate how much time you'll need to complete each task on the list. This way, you can create a schedule that is easy to stick to it.

A third and final method of time management which can be used alongside the previous two is what I like to call Deadline. All you have to do is pick a deadline, a time by which all of your tasks should be completed. I like to do some scheduling before setting my deadline to make sure it's realistic. After your deadline, you have to put away all of your schoolwork (and hopefully go to sleep). It may sound ineffective, but a race to beat the clock might be just the push you need to finish all of your schoolwork by a reasonable hour.

Hopefully, this information can help you every day. A final word of advice: don't let one day of procrastination discourage you from trying hard the next day. Try to be as productive as you can, but don't forget that everyone has off days sometimes. All we can do is march onward and try our best to cross off every item on our to-do lists!

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 by Website Editor

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