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It is another semester and “I never have enough time for myself”, “Oh! I wish there were more hours in a day” seem to be common statements amongst students. It appears a day is never enough for you to complete your tasks, yet some other person seems to have it all under control. Interestingly, we all get the same 24 hours in a day. Why then do some people seem to have more hours than you do? The reason is quite simple. No one has an extra minute in a day. Some people have just mastered the art of proper time management.

Time management simply refers to the process of organizing and planning how to divide time between specific tasks. Apart from enabling you to work smarter, so you get more done within a specific period of time, possessing time management skills is a great plus for you in your job hunting game.

Proper time management allows you to work efficiently, even when your schedule is tight and the pressures are up. Failing to manage your time properly reduces your effectiveness and stresses you out. Here are three ways to relieve you of that stress.

Create a Routine: A routine is simply an organized pattern of action. You can create a routine by organizing your daily tasks into a pattern. What a routine does is that it helps you prioritise your tasks and assigns specific time to them. This puts you on a deadline and if you are diligent enough, you are more likely to follow the routine because of its deadline effect.

Stop Multi-tasking: Most people think they can do more by multi-tasking. That is not true. Multi-tasking only puts more pressure on you, which eventually wears you out. Besides, you tend to pay less attention to what you are doing when you multi-task. You become so focused on getting so many things done and you tend to make a lot of mistakes. Rather than multi-task, get one task done at a time

Avoid Distractions: If you indeed want to maximize your time, you need to get rid of distractions. Distractions could be anything, as long as they hinder you from getting your work done. Your mobile phone could be one. Of course there would be time to entertain other things, but not the time you have dedicated to a task.

While everyone is wishing for more time, you can maximize yours by practicing the simple principles of time management like creating a routine, avoiding distraction and carrying out one task at a time.

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