Exercise: Does This Sound Like You?

This activity will help you to consider how you set deadlines and handle urgencies.
Realistically you manage yourself, not time. Being aware of the way you spend each day: the things you enjoy, the things you do productively and the things you waste time on, is a good starting point for better time/self management.
  • Begin with positive affirmations. Tell yourself: “There is time to do the things I need and want to do.”
  • Focus on one thing at a time. Try to ‘be in the moment’.
  • Be aware of getting caught up in other people’s urgencies. Stop for a moment and assess whether the task is also urgent for you.
  • Set your own deadlines. Try to match these to what you know about yourself. Are you:
    Organised or chaotic? Spontaneous or impulsive? Flexible or disorganised? What works best for one person in terms of time management doesn’t always work for another. For example, some students find their best time to study is early in the morning, while for others it is late at night.
  • Start to monitor your behaviour and actions. Think about the things you do that you enjoy spending time upon. Why do you enjoy doing these things? Do you need to make more time for them? Also think about the times you have achieved positive results for something. How did you get there? How did you manage or use that time to get that result?
Keep careful records of your work to avoid wasting time later on!
Understand your needs and values. These will help you to set your goals.