The art of time management

Welcome to years 11 and 12. They will be rewarding, challenging and exciting as you start preparing for the HSC and your next chapter beyond school. You’re almost there!

Use a daily planner

You can’t go wrong if you have a daily list of study and tasks to do. The key with using a daily planner is to try and plan for everything, not just study. This means scheduling in exercise, chores, sport, after school activities, even social things. Don’t be too exact, give some room to be flexible. At first, it’s a bit of trial and error. You may find that you’re not giving enough time to some study subjects and too much to others. It’s OK to tweak the planner. The most important thing is that each day you’re working with a plan.

Keep distractions well away

Set up your space and make sure it’s designated for study only. Keep the devices, phones, books and anything else that may tempt you away from study, well away. Make sure your study space is warm and inviting and set it up to suit you. Try and keep your workspace clear so when you come in, you’re instantly ready for study. Have a clock with you so you’re always timing what you’re doing and working to your schedule.

Use a reward system

Rewards are just as important as the hard work you’ll be doing all year. It’s been shown that incentives can motivate you to learn. Rewards can be anything you enjoy, whether it’s gaming time, social media or a snack. Think of rewards as a pat on the back for your great time management. You’re not a study robot, and breaks are important.

Rank everything in terms of importance

Learning to prioritise is a big part of self management. Prioritising your goals and tasks is an essential part of planning out your schedule. Only you will know which of your subject areas need more attention than others or which assignments are screamingly urgent. Some

people like to use a ranking system to help categorise their priorities. For instance, dividing tasks up into A, B or C etc. or use numbers (1,2,3) or colours (red for most important, green for least) or whatever works for you. Put your top priority tasks in your daily schedule and the lesser priority tasks you can aim to achieve in a few days or weeks. The ability to prioritise is a great skill to have as you start your adult journey.

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