8TIPS & TRICKS to help manage your time through a self study program
Make a Commitment
Make a CommitmentIf you want to fulfill a self-study goal, you need to start with a firm commitment. Put your goal in writing, and become accountable to your boss, a colleague or a close friend. Without a firm commitment, it is unlikely you will ever find the time.
Use a Calendar
Use a Calendar Despite best intentions, if you dont schedule it, it wont get done. Use a calendar to establish a timeline with interim deadlines that facilitate program completion. You will be more likely to stay on task and have a visual reminder of your goal.
A goal is a dream with a deadline Napoleon Hill
Prioritize TasksCreate and use a daily to-do list that prioritizes tasks with an A, B, C label and assigns a time-for-completion to each task. Likely your list is already overflowing, so consider reallocating one or more tasks to smaller time allotments over several days to make time for your self-study program.
Make SacrificesTime is limited to 24 hours a day. If you want to make time to study, you will have to give up something, or a number of little things, in exchange. Keep a time journal over the course of several days and review it to determine what you are willing to sacrifice to gain some study time.
Learn to say NO
Learn to say NO You cannot do it all; so, learn to say no to requests that are not a priority to you. Be polite, be assertive, and dont attempt to provide an explanation. Otherwise, you will likely end up saying yes.
Block out Distractions
Block out DistractionsCell phones, TV, email--these are all distractions that eat up minutes, even hours of your day. If you want to find free time, minimize distractions by turning off electronics for a few hours each day.
Maintain FocusEfficient use of time results when you put your energy toward completing one task at a time. If you commit a specific time and place to studying, without the distraction of friends, family or electronics, you will be able to achieve your self-study goal in no time.
Make time for Yourself
Make time for YourselfYou need to eat, sleep, and exercise to keep yourself healthy. If you ignore these things, you will be physically unable to meet your goals. Similarly, a self-study program contributes toward your professional health. If you fail to make time for it, your career goals may suffer.
Time ManagementWANT MORE SELF-STUDY TIPS?
download the Ultimate Guide to SuccessfulSelf Directed Study