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How do I: Time Management

This guide covers Information, Media, and Digital Literacy concepts and Digital Citizenship for Gr. 9-12 students, as well as teacher and parents.


Time Management

Boost your Mood!!!

Start the day happy by watching a cute animal video!  

Being in a positive mood can help you focus.

Time Management Tips

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STEP 1: Create a "To Do" List

***Use your To Do List for daily tasks that you need to complete.

Step 2: Create a Study Schedule

STEP 3:Choose the Right Environment

Remove Distractions & Get Focused
  • If your phone is going to distract you, turn it off.
  • If you do not require internet for research or to collaborate on an assignment, turn it off.
  • If you are not using social media to collaborate on what you are studying then use a social media blocker to prevent you from getting distracted.
  • Do not watch videos for entertainment purposes - only sit in front of screens that you are using for study purposes.
Use a "Thought Parking Lot" 
  • ‚ÄčWhen studying, if a thought enters your mind that is not on topic, but you want to remember it for later,  write it down on a piece of paper entitled "Thought Parking Lot."  After your studying is complete, you can then come back to these thoughts.

Photo Credit: Dimitris Kalageropoylos, licensed under Creative Commons

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Location, Location, Location!!!
  • Sit in a location with good lighting, a work table or desk, and comfortable seating (but not too comfortable - you don't want to fall asleep!).
    • Sitting in the upright position, opposed to lounging on a couch, will help you to focus.
  • Choose a quite location to study independently.
  • Work with other students so long as they do not distract you. Conducting group projects, quizzing, or helping one another to understand concepts is a great way to learn.  However, 'distracted studying' is an unproductive use of your time.

Photo Credit: West Tisbury Library Foundation , licensed under Creative Commons

Music or no Music?

Answer: Yes and No!

  • Yes, listen to calming classical music from composers such as Bach, Brahms, and Mozart - studies have shown that listening to this music when studying relieves stress and anxiety, improves concentration, promotes relaxation, and improves mood.
  • No, do not listen to music with lyrics or a catchy beat such as pop, rock, alternative, etc.  Studies suggest that even some classical music should be avoided - namely cannons and powerful orchestral pieces with dynamic note changes.                                     

Photo Credit: Eric Bennett, licensed under Creative Commons

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