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work accomplished = time spent x intensity of focus.maximizes intensity in order to minimize time.
the ability to get work done quickly and with a minimum of wasted effort.
to obtain the highest possible levels of intensity, you need to choose the right locations, times of day, and durations to study.
Manage Your Time in Five Minutes a Day
1. A calendar
2. A list
How to apply:-
(1) Jot down new tasks and assignments on your list during the day; (2) next morning, transfer these new items from your list onto your calendar; and (3) then take a couple of minutes to plan your day.
Update Your Calendar Each Morning
Try to label each of your to-dos for the day with a specific time period during which you are going to complete it.
is to record the tasks you will have time for into the Today’s Schedule column of your list. As shown in Figure 1, label each task with its time. That’s it. You can now reference your list throughout the day to remind yourself of what you should be doing and when.
The main reason you break down your to-dos into time slots is to help you avoid the common student mistake of overestimating your free time.
if you’re completing most of what’s on your list at least five days out of seven, then you’re as productive as any student realistically needs to .
Declare War on Procrastination
Procrastination Battle Plan #1: Keep a work progress journal
Buy a cheap spiral notebook, and keep it near your calendar. Each morning, when you work out your schedule for the day, quickly jot down in the notebook the date and the most important tasks that you are scheduled to get done. At the end of the day, if you’ve completed all of these tasks, simply jot down all completed. If you failed to complete some tasks, record this, along with a quick explanation.
Procrastination Battle Plan #2: Feed the Machine
1. Drink water constantly
2. Monitor your caffeine intake carefully
3. Treat food as a source of energy, not satisfaction.
4. Don’t skip meals.
Procrastination Battle Plan #3: Make an event out of the worst tasks
Procrastination Battle Plan #4: Build a routine
The idea is to build a routine in which you use the same reserved time slot each week to do the same thing, with the goal of transforming these slices of work into a habit, something you no longer have to convince yourself to do.
Procrastination Battle Plan #5: Choose your hard days
Choose When, Where, and How Long
When during the day should you study? Where should you go to study? How long should you study before taking a break?
QUESTION: When is the best time to study?
You’re most effective between when you wake up and afternoon.
try to take a book I need to read along with me all the time, in case some free time pops up while I’m doing something else.
QUESTION: Where should you study?
ANSWER: In isolation
QUESTION: How long should you study?
ANSWER: No more than one hour at a time without a break.
study for an hour, then take a break
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