Setting Priorities and Time Management

Once learnt, and eventually mastered, it can enable students to juggle many commitments and interests effectively as well as establish good habits for later life.

Basic time management steps include drawing up a simple timetable using a calendar to plan activities, study requirements, deadlines for assignments, listing of exam dates and other commitments. Setting a priority against each is important in helping you achieve goals rather than being overwhelmed by what you have to do.

A "to do" list is a very good idea. For instance:

"Tuesday afternoon - finish my Maths homework for the week" or more specific planning such as:

"Tuesday - four hours of studying. One for English - finishing essay. One hour for French - revising lesson work. One hour for Maths - study questions 10-28. Then, 30 minutes to finish up history project and 30 minutes reading school novel".

Make the most of your time

Time management doesn't only apply to serious work such as study. It can be applied to other activities in your life such as exercise, sporting activities and even getting the most out of your leisure time.

Many schools provide comprehensive information on homework and study guides and policies which you may be able to use to start effective time management early on in each school year. If you need help in planning your time, or feel that all your commitments are getting on top of you, you should seek advice from parents/caregivers and teachers, or speak with your school counsellor.

Quick tips

  1. Create a daily 'to do' list.
  2. List goals and set priorities.
  3. Do 'A's' first (Most important things).
  4. Do it now.
  5. Ask yourself "What is the best use of my time right now?"
  6. Be realistic: New habits take time to develop.
  7. Reward yourself for small steps of progress towards your goals each week.


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