Time Management & Overcoming Procrastination. PhD Skills Event Caroline Forsyth Adapated from presentation by Dr. Tamara O’Connor. Workshop Objectives. Explore principles of goal setting and time management Learn about ways to control concentration Explore reasons for procrastination
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Time Management & Overcoming Procrastination PhD Skills Event Caroline Forsyth Adapated from presentation by Dr. Tamara O’Connor
Workshop Objectives • Explore principles of goal setting and time management • Learn about ways to control concentration • Explore reasons for procrastination • Review strategies for overcoming procrastination
Self-Management Manage self and resources • Planning • Differences • Expectations • Monitoring • Evaluating
Planning Strategies • Goal setting • Good time management • Controlling distractions • Overcoming procrastination
EXERCISE Discuss the various techniques you use to help manage your time. • What works? • What doesn’t work?
SMART Goal Setting • S = Specific • M = Measurable • A = Action • R = Realistic • T = Time-based
Time Management Take a few moments to discuss: • When do you concentrate best? • When do you actually get things done? • When and why are there distractions?
Time Management Strategies • Prioritise • How?
Time Management Strategies • Prioritise • Specificity • Small bite-size pieces • Use all available time • Structure the environment • Establish a routine • Scheduling
Scheduling Tips • Time tables • To do lists • Prioritising system • Monitor, evaluate, reward • Relaxation time
CONCENTRATION Is the act of focusing our attention and abilities.
Concentration • Sources of Distraction • External • Internal • Control Distractions Take a few moments to discuss
Controlling External Distractions • Structure study environment • Establish a routine • Negotiate • Physical • E.g. unplug TV!
Controlling Internal Distractions • List of concerns • Worry time • Mind wandering/daydreaming • Building up time • Mental rehearsal • Thinking strategies • Free up headspace • Organisation
PROCRASTINATION Is to delay needlesslysomething that we believe would be to our benefit.
Overcoming Procrastination • Take action • Salami technique • Five minutes • Work on related tasks • Do the hardest bits first • Set goals • Reward yourself for achievement • Make commitments
Your own procrastination Think about one problem that might develop and that leads to procrastination: Describe the problem. What is the source of the problem? What is the reason for the problem? Can you set a goal for a solution [be specific]? With your goal in mind what are your options [be practical in deciding your options]. What are the advantages of each of your options? What are the disadvantages of each of your options?
Summary • Plan, monitor and evaluate your use of time • Strategy or plan for overcoming procrastination • Change doesn’t come easy – small steps!
Traffic Light • Red – What will you stop doing • Amber – What you will continue to do • Green – What will you start doing
Resources • http://student-learning.tcd.ie • http://port.igrs.sas.ac.uk/managingyourtime.htm • http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/StudyResources/sta-index.aspx • www.vitae.ac.uk