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- Figure out your style
Start by understanding your own unique rhythm. Each one of us has a time during the day where we are most productive. Try to figure out your productive periods rather than simply deciding what to do when. Managing your time is important to be effective.
2. Know how to manage stress
When it comes to managing time effectively, there is no room left for stress. There are two types of stress: internal and external. Internal stress is self-imposed like I need to get more than 95% this time, and external stress is the consequence of pressure and deadlines, like, I have a test tomorrow. To manage external stress it is best to quit procrastinating and start your projects on time, asking for extensions from teachers, or dropping extracurricular activities. If you put a lot of internal pressure on yourself, then you need to have a perspective on what’s important and what’s not. You can seek help from your parents or teachers about this.
3. Understand how to priorities your work
You have a Maths test on Monday but your friends are going for a movie on Sunday. You might think of ditching the exam preparation and may go to watch the movie but how about this, you prepare for your exam on Sunday morning or afternoon and then can enjoy it with your friends later in the evening. Know what is more important to you and also consider the result of avoiding it.
4. Learn to start early
Not completing assignments on time, being late for activities, or waiting till the last minute to get ready for the family get-together, all are signs of procrastination and poor time management. When you are aware of the upcoming test, project deadline, family event, etc, start preparing yourself a little early and save yourself from last-minute commotion.
5. Manage technology distractions
Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc are all distractions especially when it comes to studying and academics. Make a list of your distraction, and make checklist by dividing time to those distractions. This will help you to solve problems in your own limits.
6. Lists are NOT enough
To-do lists are an organizational strategy, not a time management one. You also need to learn how long tasks take, how to plan your schedule using strategies like blocking out chunks of time to devote to certain tasks, setting goals for the day, identifying the steps to complete each goal, and anticipating roadblocks that might thwart your efforts.
The habits you develop during the teen years, contribute a lot in making the kind of adult you would be. So it’s time to start managing your time to become effective and efficient.