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5 Steps to Taking Control of Your Time

5 Steps to Taking Control of Your Time      
Unfortunately most students don’t learn until college that studying the night before is not studying in advance. It is crucial that students practice organizational skills and follow an intensive planner starting as early as middle school. The planners help students prepare for and anticipate their upcoming tests, quizzes and assignments and a completed schedule will show the students the reality of time and the necessity of time management. Well-constructed planners also help to bring down a student’s anxiety level once everything is on paper and not floating around in their heads causing confusion. 

1. Brain dump 
Before you write-down and organize a to-do list, pull out a piece of paper and just start writing everything you need to accomplish. Don’t worry about organizing the tasks just get everything on the paper.     
2. Invest in the last planner you will ever use 
Once you have everything written down you must invest in a planner and the planner I recommend goes above and beyond the duties of a normal planner. The planner I recommend can be found on Amazon and is called Tools4Wisdom Planner. This planner incorporates monthly planning, goal setting, steps to achieving your goals and much more. Once you have the planner start by picking out the big dates and incorporating them into your planner.  

3. Set reasonable goals every week and prioritize 
After filling in your calendar and the big picture of your schedule you can begin looking at your to-do list and choosing which ones to make a priorities and goals for the week.   

4. Write down action steps for accomplishing goals 
For each goal write down exactly what steps you will take in order to accomplish that goal in your allotted time frame. This will go in the completion steps box in the lower left hand corner of the page in the picture below. 

 5. Now get to work 
Now that you know what you have to do and the time frame you have to do it in, it’s time to get to work. Start with the highest priority on your to-do list or with the first step towards the completion of your goal or desired outcome for the week.
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