Calendar brings relief to time management

Do you feel like your time is being wasted? Is it hard for you to start studying? Are you postponing things to the last minute? Learning about time management is an important part of study skills. It helps you to know what you need to do and when, you'll also learn skills for the working life. Check out the tips compiled by Study Psychologist Pauliina to facilitate time management.

First and foremost, you should do a calendar in either paper or electronic format. Watch first a video about time management:

After this record tasks in the calendar that you must not slip from, example:

  • Lectures
  • Meals
  • Tests, tasks, master's thesis, etc.
  • Important personal activities, such as hobbies and other social events

Don't make too constricted plans; instead make a looser daily program after a tight day. Get to know yourself: are you a morning bird or a night owl? It's a good idea to put the most difficult and hard work into this effective time. Think also if you enjoy the rhythm of you daily routine, or do you regularly need a change? The calendar should feel and look right for you, so customize it to suit your needs.

Using the calendar helps you do things, even if they feel uncomfortable. It is also an important part of stress management. It's a good idea to cut your own work into the smallest possible parts and mark them accurately on the calendar. For example: today I read the book paragraphs 3-4 and write an essay reflection page. This makes it easier to control the workload. You can also divide your studies in smaller breaks with pomodoro (25 min work + 5 min break x 3). Here you can take advantage of, for example, the Forest application.  Intensive periods of work and short breaks make it easier to retain things and maintain greater concentration.

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Last updated: 11.12.2020