Dr Juliette Wilson’s Time Management Tips!

Winner of ‘Best Paper in Networks and Innovation’ 2016 and lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Juliette Wilson is no stranger to lengthy to do lists or writing long papers and is someone who knows all to well, the benefits of proper time management.

 

Juliette was kind enough to give us her top tips for managing your workload, so if you’re feeling swamped by deadlines for electives or struggling to start work on your dissertation please read below!

Time Management: Top Tips

1. Be realistic: do not set yourself impossible goals. You still have to eat, sleep, get some fresh air and exercise as well as work!

2. To do lists: these can be a great way to keep you on track but can also become a way of making you feel guilty and giving up on everything (see point 1!). Never have more than 5 things on your list and have them in priority order. Make them short term I.e. Either things to do by the end of the day or the end of the week.

3. Start with your end goal and then work backwards to allocate your time to tasks. This is particularly useful for large projects where you need to break them down into bite-sized bits of work. For example, for your dissertation start with the hand in date. Bring that forward by a week. Then work out what that means in terms of when each chapter needs to be completed and data collected.

4. Try and avoid distractions: social media and email are a terrible distraction. Try to put your phone away when you are trying to work. Likewise give yourselves certain times in the day when you will answer emails etc. (I realise this advice will probably be ignored). Try and go on a digital detox for one day a week and just see how much stuff you can get done!

Thank you for reading and a big thank you to Juliette for contributing! We hope you find these tips useful with your next piece of work!

Your Extra Ten Minutes.

As you get older any excuse for lateness starts to wear thin and as an apparently responsible adult, the ability to blame a third party for your lack of punctuality simply does not cut it.

Late, no matter if five minutes or an hour is obviously late and failing to arrive on time could be the difference between making the right impression with your dream employer or managing to turn your dissertation in on time.

If you’re someone who finds it impossible to arrive on time or meet deadlines, try setting every clock you will use this week, (wrist, phone, and computer) ten minutes fast.  This way on Monday, even when you still find yourself arriving at five past, you’ll have actually managed to arrive five minutes early!

You may never be able to make yourself arrive when you’re supposed to, but with this tip, you can hopefully trick yourself into it!

Be sure to check back on Tuesday when we will discuss resistance, how it affects your work and how it can be overcome!

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