Everybody puts things off sometimes, but keep putting things off and the work or study will pile up and begin to seem an insurmountable task. Delaying things to the last minute is also a cause of stress and stress can interfere with your ability to learn and to remember things. People have a tendency to concentrate on completing the easy jobs first, which obviously delays the more difficult or complicated tasks and this is why prioritising and improving your time management, is very important.
How do I decide on where to start?
There is a difference between a task that is urgent and a task that is important – an urgent task may not be very important!
Begin to prioritise your work, or study, by listing the tasks you need to do in order of importance – in other words compile a ‘to do’ list. Make sure you break the large tasks down into more manageable ones and perhaps split your list into things to do ‘now’, ‘this week’ and ‘this month’. Finally, make sure you draw up a new list frequently.
What are the advantages of using a ‘to do’ list?
The Open University skills for study website has useful tips on Time management skills.
Watch a YouTube video on how to prioritise your time, OU students give advice on time management.
Investigate the diagnostic quizzes, advice and practical help at LearnHigher.
Manchester University also has some relevant and interesting material, How to Organise Your Time.