Time Management: Moving from Resolution to Action

New session begins, this is the opportunity to start on the right foot.

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Every morning we take out our agenda, while taking our coffee, to take a look at the schedule and so we take the time to plan our day. This is an opportunity to start on the right foot. Often, better organizing our time, is one of those New Year’s resolution, but it can be difficult to transform these good intentions into sustainable actions.
Here are six tips to get there.

1. Transform a resolution in a clear goal

Transforming a resolution in a goal, with a clear purpose, helps to convert a blur wish that may never be realized in a success. One can, for example, give themselves the objective of revising his notes after each class. The trick is to choose something concrete and realistic that fits well with the schedule.

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2. Observe and know your habits

Before changing anything, it must first be observed. It is suggested that you note your schedule in detail for two or three weeks. The exercise takes only about five minutes a day. Note the waking up and going to bed hours, when you are going out, activities, courses, study periods, but especially what moment of the day when you had the best concentration. It will help to better predict periods of study. During the year, it can also be very interesting to note who the time consuming are. If you spend five hours on the internet or two hours on Facebook each day, there will be perhaps some choices to make.

3. Use a calendar (and only one)

It is always good to have a calendar or electronic agenda, whatever, but only one. If it scatters, it is almost lost in advance. The agenda must accompany your organizing.

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4. Create a session calendar

Furthermore, it is advantageous to combine on one page everything there is to do for all the errands we run throughout the day. In this table, we will write all the exams, all the work and reading to do. The mountain of work to break down can sometimes seem very big, but at least you know your schedules and it is less likely to forget about your work along the way.

5. Take time to plan your week

You win if you take the habit of granting half an hour on Sunday evening for the planning of the week. We then released our session schedule and we place there, in the agenda, our to do list with all other appointments and planned activities. If we decide to introduce this method of organizing time, be aware that there is a great risk of dropping between the 3rd and 10th week. It takes about one session of effort before this new habit is truly integrated.

6. Take time to plan your day

Taking out our agenda daily, during our morning coffee, to take a look at the schedule is another good habit. There may be too much to do. We must then choose what is priority. Thus, at the end of the day, we can see what we managed to do before going to sleep. It is important to take the time to highlight your successes. It helps fighting stress and not having continually feel that we will not succeed.