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How to manage your time

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Here are some helpful tips on how to manage your time. Read through them and then see if you can answer the true or false questions below.

Lesson by Caroline

Time Management

Managing your time can be really difficult, especially when you are trying to balance work, study and a social life. I've thought about this a lot this year, as I have been pulled in so many different directions. I've come up with some 'top tips' for managing your time effectively!

Create a daily timetable

Make a timetable which shows every hour of every day for a week. Block out all the times where you have to be somewhere, for example school or work. You will then be able to see when you have free time. You can dedicate this time to studying, contacting your family or relaxing!

Make lists

I am an obsessive list maker. In the morning, make a list of all the tasks you need to do during the day then when you complete one you can tick it or cross it off. It is such a satisfying feeling!


Sometimes your 'to do' list can be extremely overwhelming. You need to decide what the most important tasks are and make sure you do them first! Hopefully then you won't panic when you realise that the deadline for your next essay is tomorrow!

Diet is important!

When you're very busy, it's important to eat well. Sometimes it's a good idea to devote half a day to cooking healthy meals, you can then freeze them and reheat them when you don't have time to cook. This will stop you from being tempted to buy greasy takeaways. Remember to drink lots of water too.

Remember to relax

It's important to take some time to relax. If you don't, you probably won't complete your jobs as well as you want to. My favourite relaxation activities are reading, cooking and watching some TV in bed!

Useful Vocabulary

dedicate - to give your time and energy completely.
overwhelming - too big or difficult to fight against.
devote - to give all of something, especially your time, effort or love to something.
takeaways - food bought in a restauant that is taken home to eat. Often called 'fast-food'.

Decide if the following statements are true or false:

  • 1. Caroline doesn't like to make lists.

  • 2. Always do the least important jobs first.

  • 3. You should try to keep well-hydrated when you are busy

  • 4. You shouldn’t waste time cooking, buy takeaways instead.

  • 5. Relaxing can help you to complete your jobs more effectively.