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Important Time Management Questions

There are many important time management questions you’ll ask yourself over the years you strive to improve your productivity, boost your efficiency and manage your time better.

One of the most important time management questions is “How to get everything done?”

Well, the answer is really obvious. You cannot do everything by yourself. That has been painfully clear over the years you’ve been trying. So the answer is to find the right people – and delegate tasks.

For years, I did things myself. Delegation was not a word in my lexicon. There are many reasons for it. I didn’t know anyone suitable, with the necessary skills, and had no idea where to look for one. I felt comfortable doing what I did, was pretty good at it, and thought no one else could do it as well.

But at one stage, I found myself bogged down, dealing with the nitty-gritty tiny details that every major project entails. The result was I had less time to concentrate on other elements of my work and life. Surely you too have been in the same boat!

The time management questions get more complex and difficult as you progress along the journey to becoming more effective. Some issues are related to setting up systems to let things run on auto-pilot. That can free up your time, but requires some planning and intelligent automation to put into practice.

What if you ignore these questions about time management?

You’ll only find yourself struggling, getting increasingly frustrated, and eventually be forced to seek help. You may get lucky and quickly find people to help with your work. Or you may need to plod along and keep looking until you find someone.

Once you do, it’ll be amazing how by delegating just a few simple tasks you will free up so much time! You’ll find time to focus on higher level work that’s guided by your bigger, longer term goals rather than being boggled down in the day to day trivia that cannot be ignored or brushed under the carpet.

You’ll be free to plan a strategy, find new partners and concentrate on many other activities that will take you closer to your goals, help you reach your targets and transform your life totally. That’s the power in facing up to those difficult time management questions and taking the trouble to figure out answers to them.

As a time management strategy, getting your ‘dream team’ in place should claim the highest priority. And asking yourself probing and insightful questions about managing time is the best first step that leads to this happy conclusion.

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Do You Listen?

Do you listen to Nature? Often?

When was the last time you paused to listen as a bird tweeted, or to the soft ripple of a brook, or the rustle of the evening breeze through leaves, or just the whoosh of a sudden gust of wind?

If it was too long ago, think about this –

You’re not ‘living’… you’re just waiting to die!

Stop. Hit pause. Listen.

And enjoy what you hear.

It’s priceless… yet free!

Footnote:

What brought this on?

I woke up early this morning.  As I read email and browsed forums, I heard our daily visitor, a little friend who drops by every morning, go “Tu-wheet, tu-wheet” in the lemon tree in our backyard.

Dropping everything, I rushed to the window, and spent a few minutes enjoying her little song and watching the little busybody flit from one branch to the other.

And in those quiet moments, I felt fully alive!

Wouldn’t you? Try it.

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Time Management Study Tips

For many college students, the hardest part of adjusting to classroom challenges is to manage time effectively. Time management study tips for students can help meet this and achieve success against the odds.

Community college students who spend long hours in study, and adult students who take classes part-time after full working schedules, will benefit even more from time management ideas that allow them to fit the hectic routine into their daily schedules.

Evaluate Your Time Expenditure

Time management study begins with an evaluation of how you spend your time now. What is the focus of much of your day? What goals are most important to you? Does what you focus on match your goals – family, school, other activities?

Students must spend a lot of time on study. Attending class and getting assignments done are a priority. You’ll generally spend 2 hours for every hour in class to study your subject and complete homework. This means for 10 credits, you’ll spend 20 hours per week.

Finding the time to devote to studies can be difficult without excellent time management skills. If there are conflicts among other areas of your life, you should spend some time re-evaluating your priorities and deciding if continuing in the same way is really right for you.

Using Time Management Study Tips

Even if you’re a full time student without too many constraints, if you waste the time available to you, it will lead to problems down the road. Time management study tips are useful only if you put them to work in your life. Procrastination is a challenge that many students face, and overcoming it can be your biggest hurdle.

1. Don’t clutter up your schedule. Monitor your obligations. Practice saying ‘No’. Set limits around your precious time and don’t let anything interrupt it. By concentrating fully on your study time, you’ll accomplish more without stressing out.

2. Get motivated. Keep your mind firmly on your goals. Remind yourself how whatever you’re doing is taking you closer to them.

3. Set correct priorities. You do not need to forsake all enjoyment in the name of time management. But decide what is most important, what you should do first, and then follow those priorities. If you take breaks at whim and fancy, you won’t ever get anything meaningful done.

4. Understand your responsibilities. Know what it takes to reach your goals. Ask for help. Get advice from peers and superiors to move ahead confidently.

5. Don’t get overwhelmed. If a project appears too big, break it down into smaller chunks and deal with one at a time. A textbook might seem to large to study – until you tackle one chapter at a time. Before you know it, you’ve worked your way through the entire book.

6. Perfection is your enemy. Don’t obsess over trying to make everything absolutely perfect. Put in your best effort, and accept a reasonably good result.

7. Reward yourself for progress. Celebrating smaller achievements will ensure motivation and help you enjoy the journey towards your goals.

There are many other
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tips that deal with your environment, friends, the time of day when you can concentrate best, and general factors like exercise, sleeping well, eating healthy food and more. All of these are essentially rooted in the principles of Time Management Tao:

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Smart Time Management For College Students

How To Beat College Student Stress By Managing Your Time Wisely – In 5 Easy Steps

Time management for college students begins with an eye-opening realization… responsibility for your time is all of a sudden your own!

Think about it. Throughout high school, other people managed (even controlled) your time. Your school had a timetable and schedule. You were assigned home work to keep you busy. Your parents and family ferried you to class, or instructed you on where to go and what to do. College changed all of that. You’re suddenly master of your own destiny!

Here are 5 simple steps to beat college student stress and handle your new-found responsibility in a way that makes campus life enjoyable and fun.

1. Understand That You Are In Charge

It’s tempting to blame someone else for everything. But the truth is that you’re going to run short of time only because you didn’t make out clear priorities.

Say you’re a fitness enthusiast and look forward to exercising daily. If you can no longer find time for exercise after joining college, the problem isn’t outside – it’s with your decision to place a lower priority on exercising. Time management for college is about juggling many tasks intelligently by placing the right emphasis on each.

If you ignore this and continue to play a passive role in allocating time for various tasks, you’ll let anxiety, frustration, stress and even depression or insomnia into your life.

2. Learn To Say No

With all the good intention in the world, and the most effective time management for college, you can’t tackle everything that lands in your lap. The older you grow and the bigger your network of friends, classmates and colleagues, the more protective about your time you will have to become.

Knowing what is important to you, and learning to focus on your passions and priorities before anyone else’s can take you where you want to go. Don’t let others make you feel selfish or callous for refusing to place their demands on your time higher than your own. When you take care of yourself first, you’ll have less stress and more enthusiasm for helping others – when they really need it.

3. Don’t Cut Classes

A part of your growing freedome as a college student is the looser supervision that allows you to bunk classes you don’t quite enjoy. This could be a big mistake in time management for college. Catching up with the lessons you missed out on can become expensive in terms of time spent.

Rather than trying to decipher your classmates’ notes as you try and unravel the mysteries that were revealed in the sessions you skipped, be punctual and attentive in class and you’ll save a lot of time – which you can then devote to more enjoyable pursuits.

4. Rest and Relaxation Rule

Working yourself to the bone, burning the midnight oil, and pulling all-nighters as you’re wired on an energy drink may sound appealing and attractive when you first go to college. But straining your body beyond a limit can be harmful and counterproductive.

It is a far more intelligent approach to time management for college when you optimize your available time by avoiding interruptions and distractions while you focus on your work. Getting enough rest and sleeping well can leave you refreshed and energized to perform at a higher level of efficiency.

5. Break Down Tasks

Tackling big projects can leave you stressed and anxious. It is simpler to break them down into manageable chunks and tackle them one after another. Decide what the deadlines are for your projects, and then schedule time for the various tasks that make up the finished work.

Take frequent breaks to improve your concentration. If you work for 45 minutes, take a break for a quarter hour. You will return to the task with more excitement and enthusiasm than if you slog it out for 3 hours at a stretch. The Ming Vase Time Management guide has more tips and advice on how to focus and get things done.

When you are aware of your periods of peak efficiency, then you’ll be able to schedule the important work that requires greater concentration to coincide with these high efficiency time frames. If you have a partner or friend who is on the same wavelength, studying and working together can help overcome procrastination.

Time management for college students does not have to be an agonizing and complicated thing. Common sense and following these 5 simple principles can help you squeeze more hours from your day. Just be sure to avoid distractions like cell phones and video games and you’ll get more done.

The Time Management Tao approach is just as applicable to college students as anybody else, and is based upon learning how to

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Lasting Value

Create Lasting Value

I’ve been writing for over 15 years.  On looking back, there are two kinds of work I’ve created.

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