Mastering Time Management and its Importance While Learning Online.

Mastering Time Management and its Importance While Learning Online.

In this day and age, technological advancements are the primary forces molding the contemporary world. Good things are bound to happen, especially if you know where to look for them.

E-learning is one such example. It offers an immense level of flexibility and efficiency, which opens up a world of opportunities—all thanks to its availability in an online environment. However, similar to all those things that appear flawless, they have their drawbacks too—introducing the bane of human efficiency: Time management. Read on to find out how to master it.

Identify the factors that are hindering your progress.

Among other challenges, motivation, lack of accountability, and distractions are the primary culprits holding you back as a student from reaching ultimate productivity. The lack of a physical classroom and a set schedule requires students to rely heavily on self-discipline and accountability. But without adherence to these factors, students may lose interest in their task and end up completely forfeiting it, developing a sense of low self-esteem and self-worth.

Distractions, Distractions…

Modern technology is intentionally designed to capture the user’s attention in the most compelling way possible. Consequently, it is of the utmost importance that we shut these doors first.

From IOS 15 onwards, Apple introduced a crucial feature named ‘focus‘ in their phones and tabs. According to them, focus lets you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away from your device. Similarly, other phones, like Android, have also followed in their footsteps and added their version of focus to their phones.

Other techniques, like the Pomodoro technique, have also proven helpful in time management and studies.

I can do it tomorrow!

No, what can be done today has to be done today! As a famous quote goes, “The greatest amount of wasted time is time not getting started”. Furthermore, a noisy environment and the constant noise of a busy background can also be great incentives to start procrastinating.

 An excellent method taught by my teachers that allowed me to tackle everyday procrastination was to create a calendar with empty boxes. Every day, when I complete my work, I draw a line horizontally. Each day I skipped, I could not complete the line from before, hence breaking it. Because of this, I would commit to finishing my online learning journey just for the sake of continuing my line on the calendar.

Conclusion

I get it; learning online can be difficult sometimes, but the reward is worth every second you spend. Finding the right balance between your social life and online academic endeavours is imperative for success and self-accomplishment.

By: Danial Asim

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