Time Management: its effect on academic performance and stress
The process of getting an education and its related activities is stressful to students. However, some students tend to cope better with the demands made on their time as compared to others. Various factors such as time management behaviors and attitudes, stress and the students’ self-perception of performance and grade point average were studied.
The findings were significant in one of the factors – Perceived control of time. This variable had a significant correlation with the factors that were considered ranging from role ambiguity, job tension, job satisfaction, performance rating and life satisfaction among others. As the students perceived they had more control over their time, they began to perceive lesser role ambiguity and overload as well as lesser tensions.
What it means in simple terms: While on first reading, it may seem very obvious, the study has far greater implications.
1. The perception of control over time has to do with taking responsibility.
Once you realize that you can make time work for you by removing unnecessary distractions, you are opening yourself up to the limitless possibilities of harnessing the power of that time. Breaking down the task into smaller pieces, setting long and short-term goals, setting a deadline and reviewing your progress against that deadline, prioritizing your tasks, organizing your workspace and not getting off-track with unforeseen delays – all these contribute to a systematic approach to studying.
2. Clarity of thought and job.
Understand why? Develop a sense of purpose. Everytime you sit down to study/ revise, ask yourself – Why am I doing this? Have a big picture in mind. A.L.W.A.Y.S. There is a reason that the subject you are currently tackling at hand fits in with that big picture. Knowledge never ever goes waste. Get your doubts answered. No point in running around like a headless chicken confused. Once you know what you are doing and why – there is a bigger buy-in with the entire process, and the tension reduces considerably.
Do you know what you want from life? Where you see yourself 10, 15, 25 years from now? How are you going to achieve it? A clear focused plan of action will get you there quicker. Suppose you come across some hurdles? rework that plan. Not only does it teach you valuable lessons that life does throw some curveballs at you, but it also gives you the experience in strategizing and reorganizing.
Finally, A.C.T. on that plan.