More Productive in School or at Work
Time management and goal setting
Here you'll learn super ways to move toward
your full potential by efficiently managing your time and setting
and achieving worthwhile goals.
This starts off from the perspective of university
students, but has much value to everyone.
You learn the techniques
needed to become more productive and to achieve your goals in life,
including fun ones. These are easy-to-learn and easy-to-use procedures
that can be and should be implemented immediately.
A few of these points may be known to some
readers, but this page adds at least one valuable unique twist,
which is sure to garner results.
Blocking your time makes you
Blocking out periods of time
for specific activities focuses your energies.
Most university students—in fact, nearly everyone—leads a rather haphazard existence.
every weekend becomes filled with tasks not accomplished from Monday through Friday.
How can you possibly find time to achieve new goals, when your week already seems filled? You want more money to enjoy a ski trip or to put a down payment on a car, but there just doesn't seem to be any time to work extra hours.
DrVoyageur.com union rules
Dr. Voyageur proposes making full-time
university academic work full-time—but no more. No evening work.
No weekend work. No overtime, period.
DrVoyageur.com union rules.
From Monday through Friday, set up a 38
hour work week, almost standard in Canada and the U.S., starting
a 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., with an hour off for lunch
and personal activities. On Friday, the workday ends at 3:00 p.m.
You pretend that you do not have the ability
to modify these hours, e.g., trade four hours Monday morning for
four hours Wednesday evening, just as if you were working for a
mean employer, who always says no.
is done solely during the day when you are freshest after sleep.
During your university "work" time,
your total focus is on classroom attendance and study.
If you finish
early, and have no studying that you can reasonably do ahead of
time, such as reading or writing major papers, you may stop "work"
early and have extra free time. Remember DrVoyageur.com union
Otherwise, except for medical and dental
appointments and university administrative tasks, such as class
registration, you do not engage in leisure activities or any other
non academic activities during your university work hours.
Obviously, you have to avoid your friends during your "work" hours. You need to make it easy to follow your new university routine.
To lessen the chance of disruptive—and
tempting—social encounters, find a very private place for
study, well off the beaten path of your friends, which is certainly
neither your dorm room nor a place in public view in the library.
An unused classroom may work for you.
This is very important. And, keep what you are doing private,
which is also important.
Looking at your results
Now, what does all of this accomplish?
you have disciplined yourself to accomplish by sticking to a schedule.
Second, you have set up the incentive of a de facto deadline, 3:00
And, third, you have given yourself an additional
incentive of having much more time for pleasure, extra income from outside work, enjoyable
physical activity, and other activities that you do not have to
feel guilty about.
While some of your friends on Sunday evening
may be in a near state of panic over an important paper due Monday,
you'll be enjoying a meal and a film with another friend.
Obviously, some academic programmes—legal
and medical ones come to mind—may require more than a 38 hour
work week. And, those who study in other than their mother tongue
may need extra time.
But, the point is that any programme can
be done more efficiently by blocking out time to help build a
more balanced life and to achieve more goals.
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