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Time Management Skills for Students

Updated on March 27, 2013

In this article, holds a great wisdom! Something that can change your life!

You're to concentrate on two crucial factors which

A Time Management Research

A simple research was done with a few people having an average age group of 20 to 24!

They were asked to do some simple everyday tasks and the time of complete the tasks was recorded! Again they were asked to repeat the same task, but this time where was a note!

Repeat the same tasks as if you're giving your 100 percent! Perform the task as if, after doing them you don't have any regret of who comes first, second or third!

The tasks that were performed later where completed almost 4 times faster than the earlier recorded time! Indeed what we can do in 16 years will take only 4 years and less if we do will 100 percent will power and mentality!

Give this a thought! Your success depends on the very way you manage your time and the quality effort you put in!

Time Management Focus Graph

You'll be seeing 5 images as you read this article! I want you to focus on each of them and read this article slowly and gradually without any hurry! It will take a maximum of 10 minutes, so be happy to spend this 10 minutes of your life because you'll learn something new! If you need to leave right now, you can always bookmark this page and read it later! But the only condition is, if you start you must end reading this!

I guess, we can start then!

Fig1: Understanding Time Management

In this image, there are four quadrants with the alphabets U and I in each. U stands for urgent and I stands for Important.

U - All your urgent work like going to the toilet, pay bills on the last date, studying just before the exam etc

I - All your important work like eating healthy, studying, doing exercise, giving time in relationships etc

Try understanding the divisions, there are works which are only urgent, some are only important while rest are both important and urgent! Keep this in mind, sort some of your common works as U and I and then proceed!

Now just look at the image below, and notice the change between the two (the one you're looking and the previous one)!

Fig2: Understanding Time Management

We have assigned all those works to the forth quadrant which are neither urgent nor important. That's why you're seeing a slanted strike-through across the U ( Urgent Work) and I ( important Work).

Yes, in life we find enough time for doing the non-urgent and not-important work. If you scan the previous day of your life, you may realize, you've slept an hour unnecessarily, did some chit-chat, sat on your office desk and thought about the future/past and so many more..

We always have time for this type of work and it comes naturally to us! I'm not saying this is good or bad, it's just the work we do, and they are not so important and not urgent too!

Now, let us focus on the next image, below, and see the difference between this and the last one!

Fig3: Understanding Time Management

We are now on the third quadrant! On the third quadrant, we list those works which are urgent but not important! Consider disposing of body fluids, grabbing the sweets before it ends etc.

There is always time for these type of works too!

Fig4: Understanding Time Management

Now when we come to the second quadrant, we consider those works which are both urgent and important! A sleep is needed when you're very tired. It's both urgent and important. Preparing yourself for an interview or last minute study!

Again we manage time to do these type of works! Because, we can't really fail here or we lose lot of our happiness! Pressure doubles here, the work is urgent and important! It needs to be done and we do it!

Fig5: Understanding Time Management

Understanding This Time Management Technique

This finally brings us to the first quadrant! The work is important but not urgent! Now think, double think or think as much as you can and answer

Do we really focus on works that are important but not urgent?

The answer is a perfect NO!

It is this quadrant which keeps on filling up! Because, we don't really do much to empty this. Now, when this gets totally filled, the valve connecting the 1st and the 2nd quadrant opens and the work gets transferred to the second quadrant!

Basically this means, important works, if left undone becomes urgent+ important! So, the number of urgent and important work increases and you're literally double pressurized and this make you say, I am exhausted, I don't have time! This is simply what is happening to all of us!

The Must Read Management Book

The one minute manager (link on the right) is a must read management book for beginners and even managers who are struggling to smoothly run their enterprise!

The book will come to you as a revelation! I've read it, enjoyed it and loved it! There are practical solutions which really work! Yes, a good manager has a lot of time because he manages things which seldom takes more than one minute! Explore how!!

Yes, we need to realize this!

Any solutions... I guess you've already realized it and that's the simple solution to this complex problem of time management!

There is always free time on the fourth quadrant! All you need to do is just take a little of that time ( not all) and utilize it in completing the works that are important but not urgent!

Say, you exercise ( or mediate) for 15 minutes, twice a day. This is help you from gaining weight and contain your illness. If you don't do it, chances of getting sick becomes higher and you immediately need a doctor! See how an important work, if left becomes urgent+ important.

If you study well before the exam, you don't have to be so stressed for the exam! Just take out the excess time from the non urgent and not so important works to utilize it for important works, and you'll see, all your worries and tension are gone!

This is universally true!

This is beyond logical reasoning. It's so true! If you can practice this, you don't need anything more! Preparing a timetable, having periodic task completion alarms and etc, you need nothing if you just add another focus to this!

What's the additional focus?

Well, that's in the process of baking! Meanwhile, if you find this helpful, try implementing this technique! Things will turn out to be magical and you'll have the extra time as a gift!


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