Top Tips for Postgraduate Time Management


Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done.

If you're one of those people that is constantly battling with 'father time' - try implementing some of these effective time management tips and get ready to see results.

You'll be a postgraduate powerhouse in no time!

Prioritize There is always going to be more to do than you have time for, which is why it is essential to learn how to prioritize. Write an ordered list, whilst placing the most important/urgent at the top. Figure out what can be dropped and plough on!

Plan, Plan and Plan Some More For peak performance you'll need to plan everything. Each and every day go to the effort of making a to-do list that is achievable. Once you've got that under wraps look to start planning for the long term goals. Make weekly, monthly and yearly schedules and pin point exactly what you are hoping to accomplish.

Create Good Study Habits Creating good study habits will help to instil a routine that you can stick to. Try studying at the same time each day, set aside designated blocks of study time, and keep your study area free of distractions.

Set Strict Time Limits Eliminating open ended time frames for a particular task that you need to achieve will enable you to stay focused and undistracted. A neat trick is to get a simple kitchen timer and set it to 30 minutes. Take a five minute break for a nice cuppa when it pings then repeat throughout the day with longer breaks for lunch etc.

Practise Self Control As much as you love the internet (who doesn't) it can also be your number one nemesis when it comes to effective management of your postgraduate time. If you want to improve concentration, then you seriously need to practice self control when it comes to Facebook, Twitter and all those other social media sites that you check like every 5 minutes!

Take A Break It might sound counter intuitive, but taking regular breaks can actually help to boost productivity. If you try to cram too much into one day you can end up feeling burnt out. Did someone say power napping ?

Eat a Good Breakfast You've probably heard it a million times before, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast loaded with nutrients and vitamins will provide your body with the carbohydrates and sugars it needs to stay energized.

Don't Let It Build Up Never let your postgraduate work build up to an unmanageable level. Staying on top of everything and keeping ahead of any deadlines, will create less stress and anxiety when the time comes around to hand in work.

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