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Time management is about more than life hacks

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Time management success depends on:

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Awareness - thinking realistically about time

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Arrangement - designing, organising goals, plans, tasks to effectively use time

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Adaptation - monitoring your use of time while performing activities, adjusting to interruptions or changing priorities

How to improve your time management skills

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Build accurate self-awareness of your time management skills

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Recognise that preferences matter, but not how you think

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Identify and prioritise the skills you need to improve

Developing awareness skill

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Find your peak performance time

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Treat your time like it's money

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Try timing-up - record how long you've spent on tasks with clear deadlines, rather than how much time you have left

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Evaluate how realistically you assess time

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Think about how the tasks you are doing now will help/ hurt you in the future

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When you think you're spending too much time on an activity, step back and evaluate its importance

Developing arrangement skills

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Prioritise activities and obligations

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Urgency and importance are not the same. Tasks that are both urgent and important should be done first

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Use a calendar app

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Schedule protected time

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Reduce underestimation errors

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Try half-sized goals

Developing adaptation skills

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Tie your time management behaviours to habits you already exhibit

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Use short bursts of effort to avoid procrastination

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Experiment with time-trackers or checklist apps

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When setting reminders, include detailed descriptions and explanations

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Create contingency plans

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Seek to reduce time-wasters/ distractions

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