In a nutshell: it does. More specifically: time management is a really boring process (as pretty much any other mundane management), but it helps you to discover the precious resource of time that you have never known about before. This time can be spent for studying more – and get better results – or for resting more, get more energy for learning and still get better results. Let’s see how you can do that.


  1. Timekillers and tics

How often do you check your email? Do you respond to every new notification on your smartphone? Do you watch cute kitties on Youtube?These events are eating a big part of your time even if you don’t perceive that, especially when you have to write an essay about for your assignment, and you don’t want to do it.  A minute here and a minute there combine into a serious part of your day.

Try to audit your tics and timekiller activities. Imagine that you are your own parent who sets a parental control to the gadgets of the kid. How much time is enough for that “kid” to stay connected to the world but still have time for study? What sites or activities take the most time? Are they really necessary and recreating or are they just the way to distract from an unpleasant task?

Be honest with yourself. Now you are NOT your parent in a full sense, you are still dealing with yourself and your time and you’ll benefit from what you do. Don’t try to cut down all non-productive activities at once: remember that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. You may also try to substitute the most annoying and time-consuming tics with other, healthier habits. Reading Wiki, for example, or improving your typing skills are better than scrolling through memes.


  1. Biological activity peaks

There are times of the day when you easily do physical tasks. Sometimes you complete mental tasks better. And there are times when everything you want is rest, tasty food and serenity. This is called your diurnal (or daily) cycle. If you can spot it out and put it to work it will increase your effectiveness greatly.

Doing exercises when they are the most useful and homework when you are in the best mental shape, sleeping when you are sleepy and eating when your body wants it is also a part of time management. When you do your tasks effectively, you spend less time for them, therefore you have much more time overall.

Not everyone has consistent activity peaks, so if you want to have full advantage of them, plan a shift for an hour back and forth. Don’t tie yourself to the clock, it’s more of an intuitive decision. Just don’t consider all the day your “lazy time”!


  1. Changing tasks

When we get stuck with the particular task, our brain hits a dead end. After a couple of tries and errors it may start considering the problem just unsolvable – even if the decision exists and isn’t very complicated. Forcing yourself further will just waste your time and exhaust you. Sometimes the best solution is to switch to the other task, the completely unrelated one. Try to interchange physical and mental activity, logical and creative tasks and different subjects – this will give some rest to the particular part of your brain and let it have a fresh look at the same problem later. This technique will allow you to use your time more effectively.

Time management isn’t all about scheduling, calendars, alarms and notifications. Sometimes it’s just about the effectiveness of what you are doing, listening to your body and mind and not forcing yourself to do the impossible. Take care of yourself and it will increase your productivity dramatically!




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