15 Chapter 15: Making the Most of Time

As we have discussed, time is valuable and cannot afford to be wasted. It is to your benefit to make the most of the time you have available. Let’s take a look at some ways to help us make the most of time. Here is a list of ten strategies to use time wisely.

  • Find your prime time (this is your best/ most productive time to do stuff – some people are morning people, others are night people – when are you at your best?)
  • Do difficult/boring stuff first (schedule stuff that needs more from you when you have more to give – things that need more from you should be scheduled when you have peek energy)
  • Make use of waiting time (there’s no shortage of moments when you are kept waiting, doctor’s office, motor vehicle office, airports – come prepared with something to do)
  • Find a Productive Location (study or do important things where you find you are most productive – library)
  • Be Here Now (time is seemingly “wasted” if you have to repeat stuff because you weren’t paying attention – concentrate and focus on every activity to give it everything you have)
  • Avoid Distraction (get off the phone & stay away from TV or other tempting attention grabbers)
  • Dismantle Crunch Times (crunch time is packing too much into too short a time, such as your morning routine – try to do some stuff the night before when the clock is not ticking so fast)
  • Accomplish at least one task (really big jobs can reduce your enthusiasm to move forward – separate one task and do it – big jobs are less intimidating if you do at least one part of it)
  • Squeeze all you can out of time you have (if you find yourself done with a task early, try to do just one more thing/read just one more page)
  • Delegate Tasks (you don’t always have to do everything yourself – see if someone can help you get less important stuff[1]

  1. Adapted from Ellis, Dave, (2006), Becoming a Master Student, Cengage Learning


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