Time management - Many approaches, one goal

This post points you in the direction of some great time-management tools, whether you’re a first year returning for second semester, a PhD candidate, or one of our brand-new students! Librarian Romney Adams has a wealth of ideas. 



With semester one a speck in the distance, you're probably feeling more confident balancing your uni workload with other parts of your life. The mid-year break and the boundless freedom it offered may still be fresh in your mind and it can be tricky re-adjusting to uni and all its expectations.

Keeping short-term and long-term plans are a great way to manage your time well, and to avoid situations with nasty last-minute discoveries - you know, the “I had no idea I had three assignments due next week! I thought I only had one! Is it time for mid-semester break yet?!” kind of situations. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your progress both at a week-to-week, as well as semester-long level. For some people, planning ahead and setting goals comes naturally - they’re born organisers. For others, it can be more of a chore. If you fall into the latter category, why not check out some apps?

There's an app for that

Todoist has a simple design - no frills, yet visually appealing, which is great if you’re the type of person who gets distracted easily by shiny things. Habitica is a tool for those who get motivated by the idea of collecting points and winning rewards for chipping away at bigger tasks in smaller doses - and you get to create your own avatar! Producteev is great to use for group work, allowing for multiple people to manage tasks and deadlines.

These apps may help make time management more fun (or just more doable), but to really make them work for you, you need to build your own time management skills. Staff at the Library are real task masters, and we offer plenty of online resources and face-to-face sessions to put you on the right track.

Library resources

Our Research & Learning Online site has some great infographics on short- and long-term time management, as well as some time-friendly study strategies for you to consider. We also have some information on optimising your study space, and the difference between research and writing, and how you can approach both.

If talking things through in person is what you like best, come along to one of our workshops! Log in to the Library Class Booking System and search for ‘time’ or ‘study skills’ to see what's on offer from our expert staff. Or, if you don't have time to attend a workshop (how ironic!), you can chat to a Learning Skills Adviser at your Library’s Research & Learning Point. At 15 minutes, these sessions are shorter, but provide one-on-one time with expert staff. You don't need to book, just check out our advertised times and turn up!

It can seem like a boring topic, but nailing time management early on really does make your life so much easier, and enjoyable. It doesn't matter how you go about it, just do it!
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