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Tips and tricks for effective time management

Created on Fri, 23/06/2017 - 15:06 by Peta Brady, Open2Study blog writer  

Time management is a funny thing—we are all allocated the exact same amount of hours each and every day, yet the phrase, "I don't have time" seems to be thrown about rather regularly. But is it true? Do we really not have time?

vintage stop watch

As a self-confessed organisation freak, I thought I'd use this post to share a few tips to help you get a handle on your time.

1. Prioritise your time

I'm a big fan of the to-do list, but if you're not careful it can become overwhelming. To combat this, make a list of what you need to achieve at the start of each day, then prioritise the list in order of urgency, starting with what must be done through to the things you would like to do if you have time remaining after completing urgent tasks.

2. Avoid distractions

As much as we all love social media, unless you rely on it to generate business it's best to avoid being online. Other tips include disconnecting from instant messenger, and learning to avoid answering the phone just because it's ringing, or emails just because they pop into your inbox.

3. Focus on one task at a time

Multi-tasking is a great skill to have, but it can also prevent you from meeting deadlines and achieving goals. When you're focusing on too many tasks at once you are less likely to complete any of them! Focus on completing one task before moving on to the next.

4. Learn to love your calendar

If you class everything as an 'appointment' and allocate time for it in your calendar, you will feel more in control of your time. Schedule in deadlines, meetings, and block out time for high-priority tasks. You can even schedule time for making phone calls and sending emails.


Once you've mastered the basics of time management you can apply them to all aspects of your life—both at work and at home. That said, remember it's literally impossible to get everything done, so don't be too hard on yourself!

Peta BradyThis post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.

Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.

Contact Peta at www.theword.bird.com.au or on Instagram @thewordbird_.


Hello Peta Brady, are you blogging to assist the open 2 study students or do you assist outside of this forum? Thank you much.

It's a wake up call in the proper management of our time because time wasted cannot be recovered anymore. It's gone forever.

Hi Peta Brady your tips on time management is really helpful and applying it has really kept me organized and prioritize my work and life. Thanks

Digital Organizer

How about a great time saving tool in regards to organizing your work, Open2Study notes and personal life with an application like Microsoft OneNote?
This has helped me to be so much more productive on a daily bases.
You can keep track of all of your information in one place across all your devices.

P.S. You can actually find what you looking for once saved, thanks to its great search feature.

O did I mention its free?

Just do a Google search for OneNote download and OneNote Tutorial

You're welcome my fellow students!

Is there a way I can print the lesson? it would save me lots of time because Im always on the go and I can read it while traveling

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