In order for you to succeed, your goals have to be well-defined. The SMART acronym provides a way for you to think more deeply about your goals.
It can be tough to juggle tasks from our homes, school, work, and personal relationships. The key is to prioritise your tasks.
Rorybowman (2007). Merrill Covey matrix. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2135450
The diagram above is an example of a time management matrix (Merrill & Covey,1994). Here's a guide to how it works:
How does this matrix apply to your life? Download the template below and see where your tasks fit in.
Create a plan for how you are going to spend your time. A weekly plan will allow you to detail your subtasks and break them down even more if need be. Some tips for filling out a weekly or semester plan:
Here is an example of what a completed plan might look like:
Plans such as this will always need to be flexible, so adjust them as required when work, study or personal commitments change. Remember that balance is key, so look to plan to maintain consistent engagement with study, amongst your other personal and work aspects of your life.
Are you a procrastinator? If these scenarios sound familiar to you, then you just might struggle with putting things off.
(Syrett, 2018, "Overcoming procrastination")
Some of the information on this page will help you overcome procrastination. For more tips and tricks, see the resources below.
These tools are designed to help you stay on track, which will make your time at University less stressful. Give them a try!