Preparing for IIT JEE and can’t seem to find enough time? Have too much on plate right now and looking for ways to organize yourself? Wondering how to best manage your time when you are attending school and also preparing for IIT JEE?
Well, don’t look any further, this article covers the most commonly problems faced by students preparing for competitive exams especially IIT JEE Preparation, hailed as one of the toughest exams held in the country.
Most students start their preparation while they are still attending school and managing your school and along with your preparations can become too much. Regular school hours eat up most of the day and there is too little time left for rest, play and preparation but there is no other way, the best options that you are left with is to learn effective time management techniques. Also learning these techniques at an early stage will assimilate these traits in your personality and will help further on in life.
Here are some of the best ways you can manage your time effectively.
· The first and foremost thing is introspection:
Carry a schedule and log every activity and thoughts that you have for a week. This activity might seem to a bit tedious at first but would give you a clear picture of how you spend your time, this way you can see how much time you spend on each activity and then assign more to ones those are fruitful. Apart from this also observe your energy levels during the day. Each person has a different rhythm; some are more creative during the day while others are more active in evenings and few are in nights. Do activities that require most effort in these hours
· Maintain a time table and a to-do list:
This classic technique is very effective in managing time, maintaining and following a time table gradually transforms activities into habits, once a habit is formed you no longer have to struggle on it, things happen easily without much procrastination and saves a lot of time and energy. Also prepare a to-do list for the next day before sleeping, this proactively prepares the brain and you won’t have to face resistance in switching between different tasks the next day.
· The 80-20 principle:
Often known as the Pareto Analysis, this idea says that 80% of the task can be completed in 20% of the disposable time. The remaining 20% will take 80% of the time. To apply this concept and increase your productivity complete 80% of the high priority tasks by devoting 20% time to each and cover the remaining portion in the remaining time.
· The Eisenhower Method:
This method states that all tasks must be evaluated by important/unimportant and urgent/not urgent.
§ The tasks that are both important and urgent are completed personally and immediately,
§ Important-not urgent tasks must get an end date and should be done personally.
§ Unimportant and urgent tasks are often delegated.
§ Unimportant and not urgent tasks should be dropped all together.
Follow these simple techniques to effectively manage your time, they can be applied to all walks of life be it work or personal life and can be used by everyone.