10 steps to effective time management

With examinations already begun for some and fast approaching for others, I’d like to offer some guidance in the area of time management. Of course, these suggestions are useful throughout the year too!

1. Make a to-do list every day.

Put things that are most important at the top and do them first.

2. Use spare minutes wisely.

When you are travelling to school by car, or on the bus or train, use the time to get some reading done.

3. It’s okay to say no.

If your friend asks you to go to a movie on a weeknight and you have homework due the next morning, remember that it is okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.

4. Find the right time.

You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles maths better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night.

5. Review your notes every day.

Reviewing helps reinforce what you’ve learned, so you need less time to study before a test. You’ll also be ready if you get called on to participate in class.

6. Get a good night’s sleep.

Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. Lack of sleep makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.

7. Communicate your schedule to others.

If phone calls or text messages are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you are only available at certain times of day and not to expect a response at other times.

8. Become a taskmaster.

Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly. Figure out how much free time you have each week before you add any commitments. Creating a study timetable helps a lot.

9. Don’t waste time procrastinating.

Instead of procrastinating, just do it! Wasting an entire evening worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing is not productive, and only increases your stress level.

10. Determine your priorities.

You can’t do everything at once. Establish the importance of each item then set realistic, attainable goals.

Good luck with your studies, and use your time wisely!


Peter Furey
Head of House, Year 8