A Mental Guide to Time Management

In the previous article on time management, we have learned the different ways to physically cope with tasks through managing time. Preparing physically is just not enough to have proper management skills. Physical and mental preparedness is equally important when it comes to performing a task. So, let us understand ways to mentally prepare oneself for the efficient completion of a task.  


  • Set up a virtual office. To concentrate and avoid distractions, allocate a space specifically for you to get in the mood to study.
  • Set an agenda. Track your time, understand how you spend every minute of your day. 
  • Write down your priorities weekly. Go back to review it and see how effective you are in managing time.
  • Optimize your study time; only do one thing at a time. Do not multi-task, it limits your attention span.
  • Take breaks at the right time. Discontinue whatever you are doing, take your eyes off your screen, go out for some fresh air, and refuel with the right food.
  • Keep your desk free of clutter. A physical clutter makes it harder for you to concentrate.
  • Eliminate your main distractions and time-wasters. Turn off the notification on your phone or computer to avoid pop-ups and calls that can tempt you. 
  • Make it a habit to check your email and text messages just 3-4 times a day. 


  • Set goals for each study session. Use a checklist, so you can tick off every goal achieved.
  • Make time to reflect on topics taught, your goals to reach, and the assignments you got.
  • Get rid of procrastination. Break big projects into small actionable tasks. Beat it by using the 5-minute rule. 
  • If you’re feeling mentally stressed, change your studying environment that helps your head to cool off.
  • Reward yourself. Set goals for yourself and when you accomplish them, give yourself the treat you deserve.
  • Hang out with people who are motivated and productive to draw from their motivation.


  • Take breaks in between your study time. Your brain needs its rest amidst the study steam. Take that rest to avoid breaking down.
  • Get eight hours of sleep every night. Your sleep hours are crucial. 
  • Exercise at least three times a week. This keeps your brain and body alert and smart for any task. 
  • Eat a healthy breakfast for enhanced focus and mental performance, healthy balanced meals are a huge contribution.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises for 2-3 minutes a day to improve focus and reduce stress. 

In general, create a balance in every aspect of your everyday life. Hang out with friends when you have to; go on a walk when you need to ease out; set a time to end your day after the hassles, and retire to the comfort of your bed. Scheduling works well in doing this, but a determined drive to stick to the routine works even better.

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