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2.2 Time management skills

The more experience you have of juggling and prioritising a range of tasks, the better you will be at doing it. Undertaking work experience while studying full-time, or studying alongside a full-time job, will give you a great opportunity to build your time management skills and is a great example to use in job applications.

Watch this short video to hear some top tips about managing your time effectively:

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People who are successful both at work and at home manage their time well. One of the first steps towards successful time management is to identify how you spend your time. Try keeping a log of how you spend your day. Write down how much time you spend doing things like working, watching television, or running errands. Once you have a record of how you spend a typical day, follow these steps to learn to manage your time more effectively.

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First, make a list of your tasks. Then estimate how much time you spend on each task. Eliminate unnecessary tasks from your list.
In some cases, you may be able to delegate tasks to other people. Prioritise your tasks by numbering them in order of importance. If you have difficulty establishing what's most important, ask yourself what on the list is absolutely necessary to fulfil your needs.

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Small changes to your daily routine can also help free up more of your time. Getting up just an hour earlier can make a big difference in how your day is structured. You have more time for life's unplanned emergencies, such as car trouble, childcare issues, sickness, or miscellaneous errands.

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TVs, computers, and mobile devices can be a distraction when they're not being used for anything productive. Consider limiting how much time you spend using them. Keep a calendar of important professional and personal appointments and events. Whether it's a desk planner or a smartphone app, choose the type that will be easiest for you to maintain on a regular basis.

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Practicing effective time management will allow you to spend more time on the things that matter to you most, whether it's a hobby, time with family and friends, or even just some more time for yourself.

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