6 Ways to Manage Your Time More Effectively

Reduce stress by achieving a healthy work-life balance   

Whether you’re studying to become a professional medical assistant or a computer networking technician, you probably have one thing in common with your fellow Branford Hall students: You feel like you never have enough hours in the day.

In a lot of cases, students are juggling various responsibilities, trying to balance classes with a home life and a part-time job. While there’s no easy way to eliminate all of that stress, these six tips can help you accomplish more in less time, while allowing for some relaxation in between:

  1. Be proactive. When long-term projects are assigned, get a jump on them. This way you can set your own deadlines and knock the project out in pieces. Otherwise, you’ll be pushing up against the due date, with little opportunity to ensure you’ve done the best job that you could.
  2. Prioritize.  Make a weekly list of all the things you need to do, then prioritize it based on which tasks are the most important. You may find that completing several of the top-tier items first helps you to avoid a lot of stress.
  3.  Maintain a regular sleeping schedule. Students who are used to staying up late and waking up early are a lot more prone to fatigue. Rather than lagging (and catching cat naps throughout the day), adjust to a set schedule that allows you to feel more alert.
  4. Eliminate distractions. Turn off your smartphone, and cast aside anything that keeps you from focusing on the task at hand. If you’re working on a laptop, stay away from instant messaging, social media and checking email. Minimize the interruptions. You can catch up on distractions when it comes time for a break.
  5. Work on one assignment at a time. Try to avoid bouncing back and forth, as it’s easy to make mistakes. Blocking out time to deal with one responsibility will help you focus, and – over time – it may even have an impact on your problem-solving skills.
  6. Reward yourself. A reward can be as simple as a cup of coffee, or as elaborate as a weekend getaway. The important thing is that it keeps you motivated, and that each reward is chosen in accordance with whatever goal you’ve set out to accomplish.

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