Good time management can turn your training program into a super-efficient, high quality process. The better organized your time, the more you learn and the better you learn. The best business schools provide well structured workflows for their students which can be optimized to achieve very high quality results for students.
The Reasons: Basic time management study rules
Time management rules are simple, and always effective:
- Never waste time: Don’t delay getting started on a project. The starting process is the key to organizing your work. Backlogs of work and research eat up time rapidly.
- Allow time for research: Research always uses up time. Give yourself realistic time frames for research and sourcing materials.
- Get rid of all obstacles to studies: Remove distractions. Nothing’s so important it can’t be rescheduled. Your career is based on your studies, not your social life. Your friends will understand.
- Create realistic schedules for your work: Don’t rush your projects. Allow time for good quality work. You need to be careful you’re not simply meeting deadlines, but doing your best. The best approach to schedules is to create targets for completion of specific tasks.
- Always target your projects ahead of completion date:Stay ahead of dates. This allows for review, and means your work will be as good as you can make it. It also allows time for revisions when you need to do them.
- Make sure you’ve got time for quality checks: Look for mistakes. It’s very easy to just ignore materials which aren’t up to standard, or aren’t your best work. Use your time to refine and improve your projects.
- Daily scheduling must be effective: A good schedule will save time. Never use hourly schedules. They don’t work. Use 3 or 4 hour blocks of time to allow for doing a lot of work and proper quality control.
- Work and studies: Ensure you’ve got all your commitments covered. Hurrying from the job to your studies means you’ll probably wind up doing both less efficiently. Do not allow yourself to be pressed for time, keep some time free every week or every day to cover any extra effort required.
- Don’t work yourself to death: Constantly catching up is stressful. The classic mistake of all students is the “last minute assignment”, which is always second rate work, because you’re tired and stressed. Good time management allows you to work well and efficiently, without the stress factors.
- Make sure your time use is productive: Don’t work for hours without a result. Set productivity requirements, like Assignment A Part 1 to be completed, for each day. This allows you to both prioritize your work and structure your time usage efficiently.
By Andrew A johnston