How to Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back When He Has a New Girlfriend

OK, full disclosure: I’m a dude. That means that I don’t know much about how you’re feeling, and I don’t know exactly what you are going through as the ex girlfriend.

I do know, however, what it feels like to be on the other side of this issue – I know what it’s like to be the guy in this situation!

Of course, I’ve gone through my share of breakups myself…but what matters here for you is what works in order for you to learn how to get your ex boyfriend back when he has a new girlfriend.

This comes from my personal experience and knowledge, so your mileage may vary.

Start at the Beginning

The first thing we need to do is reassess why the breakup happened in the first place. What are the reasons why you split? Is it something that happened on the spur of the moment, or is it the result of something that has been happening over a long time period?

The key is to begin thinking about how to reverse or change those trends that led to the breakup. Of course, this is useful info for you once you re-engage your ex boyfriend’s interests…but how do you get your ex boyfriend to notice you when he’s already together with a new girl?

There is Good News…

The issue here is not as serious as you think. I’m sure you’re aware of the phenomenon of “the rebound relationship.” For many guys, the rebound relationship serves two purposes.

One, it gets his mind off you.

Two, it tries to make you jealous so that you will “want” him back.

Whether or not this strategy is working on you is irrelevant. (Though I’d venture that it is working at least a bit given that you’re here.) What matters is that we see his new relationship not as something necessarily permanent or serious, but…

As something that’s PART of the breakup in progress. This means this process can be reversed and the relationship mended, as long as you know what cards to play.

…But Tread Carefully!

Even though there is good news, you still need to be careful about how you approach this potentially explosive situation. If you make the wrong move and go too aggressive, you might detonate the whole relationship, and it’ll never be recovered.

That means it’s time to learn and get prepared.

What I recommend is learning all there is to know about how to get your ex boyfriend back when he has a new girlfriend, or even if he doesn’t have a new girlfriend. One great resource that I recommend is the Magic of Making Up website – there’s a free video there that can get you started on this whole journey. I recommend that you check it out.

But I recommend most of all that you don’t give up…keep fighting the good fight! :)


How to Get Your Ex Back

I remember my first breakup. Of course, it was also my first relationship, so all the emotions were already magnified times ten. But the first breakup hit me like a bus roaring down the street at 50 mph. I felt flattened, almost literally.

At that time, I would have done anything to stop the pain and restore things to the way they were. Unfortunately, back in that day there were no articles or books on “how to get your ex back,” so I was pretty much flying by the seat of my pants.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get back together.

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be your fate.

It Happens to Almost Everyone

Since relationships are an ultimate fact of human existence, breakups (unfortunately) are just as much a fact of life. Most people average nearly two major breakups over a lifespan. As is obvious to you now, these breakups can be devastating, only rivaled by the passing of a loved one. And in a sense, it is very much like a death – a death of a relationship, not a person, but a death nonetheless.

And everyone who has gone through a breakup asks the dreaded question, “how do I get my ex back? What can I do?” Unfortunately, for most of those people, these questions go unanswered, as there was little information on how to reverse this process for the first, what, millenia of human existence?

Imagine the cave man or woman experiencing their first breakup. Did they have Google or the Internet to turn to? No. So count yourself lucky on that end, at least. ;)

Don’t Give Up

Most, if not all, of your friends and family will tell you that it’s time to “move on.” This is unfortunately the “common wisdom” bandied about nowadays, wisdom which sounds helpful but which sometimes can be harmful.

The fact of the matter is that some relationships breakup for dumb reasons, or at least reasons that can be fixed and changed so that the relationship can be healthy.

“Moving on,” in this case, is thus much like giving up.

What To Do

Armed with the right knowledge and approach, you can put your relationship back together.

Understanding human psychology in general, and the specific dynamics and quirks of your relationship in particular, can all help you put the relationship back together.

This isn’t Humpty Dumpty here! All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put him back together again, but with the right knowledge and approach, you can put your relationship back where it belongs. You can stop asking “how to get your ex back” and start asking “so how do we move on from here?”

And believe me, it’s a great feeling!

Let’s Start Now

The key now is to get started. Read about this topic and find out what other’s have done in your circumstances. Think and discuss your strategy with friends.

One great place to start looking for information is at the Magic of Making Up, a great resource that has helped tens of thousands of people recover their love life. Check it out here.

Through it all, remember that you can do whatever you put your mind to…and that includes bringing back what may seem to be lost. Nothing is lost as long as we know where to look.

How to Get Your Ex Back Fast

It’s like running on a treadmill that is constantly speeding up. You want to try to keep up with it, but you keep slipping and smashing your face in to the ground…

Sorry for the weird metaphor, but you probably get what I mean. After a breakup, I wanted to try to repair things as quickly as possible. Isn’t there a method on how to get your ex back fast that will be as painless and rapid as popping a pill?

We Always Want Fast Results

The fact of the matter is that in our society today, we are always looking for the quick fix. In many respects this is a great strategy, as our wonderful planet has created quick fixes, or at least awesome shortcuts, for us to get what we want.

This may include, we hope against all hope, getting our ex back really fast after a breakup. But does it? And more importantly, should we look to get back together so quickly?

The Can and the Should

The issue at hand is twofold. First, is there a “get back together fast” pill? Unfortunately, no. There is no magic bullet that will make all the problems that you and your partner had disappear. There is no way to quickly ease the pain and hurt that you are both undoubtedly feeling at this point.

Second, perhaps even if there were this magic bullet, it wouldn’t be so useful and beneficial in the first place. After a breakup, there are usually good reasons to create the separation. Simply putting things back together without addressing those issues will lead to more frustration and, you guessed it, more breakups in the future.

So Is There Any Hope?

Luckily, there is hope.

While we can’t restore the relationship in minutes, we can restore it. It just requires an even-keeled approach and a great method to follow. We need to know why breakups happen, how they progress, and how to divert them back to where you want them.

We need to understand how to rehabilitate the relationship from the inside out, not simply slapping a band-aid on it and hoping it’s all better!

Those out there who say that a breakup is “the end” truly don’t know what they are talking about. It is never the end. Never.

What’s the Next Step

So you may find little to work from if you simply want to know how to get your ex back fast…but that’s OK. Because instead we know now that there’s a “right” way to do this process, and we need to avoid the “wrong” way at all costs if we ever hope to get the relationship back.

Information is always the key – the more we know, the better we will be armed for the mission to come. If you’d like a great framework and discussion of how to make up with your ex, check out this website. It’s helped tens of thousands of people…and it can help you!

How to Make 500 Dollars Fast

Need cash? Are you sitting around wondering, “How can I make 500 dollars fast?” Well, that’s probably why you entered that query into Google. Luckily, you’ve stumbled on the right place. This article will tell you how to make 500 dollars fast – if you listen! Here are four ways to do it; try them out and let us know how they go in the comments below!

(1) The first way to try to know how to make 500 is to do surveys and contests.

(2) Do part time work on the internet. The best way I know of doing this is to do online writing. There are a lot of sites that will pay you per word for the service of your typing. You simply pick the topic that you want to write about (the choices are limited to what people will pay for), and then you simply write the amount of words required. I’ve made nearly $20-$25 an hour while doing this online writing gig, so it can be quite lucrative.

(3) Sell your stuff on Amazon. This is perhaps the sneakiest method on how to make a quick 500 dollars, simply because you have a bunch of stuff lying around your house that could undoubtedly make you a nice bunch of cash as long as you put it up on the site. The strange thing about this method is that things you wouldn’t expect would earn you much money usually turn out to be the most valuable, so don’t discount anything you’ve got lying around before checking out the price!

(4) Finally, try doing freelancing online. There are plenty of online freelance sites out there, such as Elance and Odesk, that will give you chances to work for other people in a freelance capacity; this can mean a quick buck for you, especially if you’ve got skills in demand.

To Do Lists, Managing Tasks, and Planning Skills

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In this section of the webbook, we’re going to discuss the major ways that you can organize and plan your day to day and week to week activities: the humble to do list. Of course, there are many different ways beyond the to do list to plan your tasks, but in this article we’re going to focus on this most common time management activity.

Creating Your Daily To Do List

In this section, we’re going to discuss the nuts and bolts of creating to do lists for your daily tasks. I encourage you to come up with your own system, as you’ll find tricks and tips that will work best for you and you alone. There is no way I can predict that, so I’m just going to give you the basic ingredients that go into any good daily task list.

  1. The first thing you should do is come up with a list of all the activities you need to do that day. If you are using a long term calender or to do list (see below), you can use these activities as ingredients to add to your list of things to do. Collect all the activities you need to do for that day; don’t be afraid to cut the unimportant or not urgent ones. Delegate if possible, because the fewer tasks you have to do, the better you can do the tasks that you’ve got on your plate.
  2. You will then need to have a place to put all these tasks. We’ll discuss much more about this in a second, but let’s assume for a second that you’ve got your task book ready.
  3. Next, prioritize. Do the activities that are most important first, though of course leave room for those that may be both urgent and important. (I’ll have more to say about prioritizing tasks in a section below.)
  4. Now that you’ve got your list up, the hard part: actually do the tasks! This is where the rubber hits the road. You may also need to come up with a reward system to help you incentivize and reward your successful task completions.
  5. Avoid incessant task switching. You’ve got a lot of goals todo, I know, but you need to focus on one at a time. Multi tasking never works, as I’ve stated in other chapters of this book, so pick a task, do it, complete it, and move on to the next one. You’ll be more productive and effective, and it will actually lower your stress as well, because multi tasking can be taxing and tiring.
  6. Stay organized. Organizational skills are critical when it comes to productivity (as I’ve discussed earlier), and part of maintaining your things to do list is keeping all the papers, materials, and other resources you need to do the work close at hand. Keep your desk or work area tidy; even if you think that you know where “everything is,” you will still benefit from having a clear and well-defined work area, at least subconsciously.
  7. Use the tools that are right for you. I’ll talk about this more in a later section on online to do list software’s benefits and drawbacks, but for now just know that sometimes paper and pencil is better than any kind of task list software. Some others like to mix the two, as they create printable to do lists on their computer in a word processing program which they then modify as necessary. (This is also how I manage my longer term templates.)
  8. One trick that I’ve found useful is to create a to do list template that I can reprint every day. This daily to do list template lists all the activities that I commonly do on particular days of the week. I can then add to that list or eliminate as needed based on what’s happening that particular day. You can find these templates out there for download, but I found the best way to get them is to make them yourself, as everyone’s needs and work habits are different. There is no one size fit all todo list out there!
  9. Note that it’s not the list itself that is important – it’s simply the act of organizing and planning. It’s what the list represents, not what it is!
  10. It may take time for you to build the todo list habit. Like all habits, you may forget or fail to use it; don’t worry if you make a mistake, just go back and try again. Eventually, you will build the habit to the point where you’ll forget how you could have gone without the list in the first place.
  11. Make sure the list is in a place that will remind you of its presence. If you ‘forget’ to consult your list, then what’s the point of making it in the first place?

Creating a Weekly (and Longer) Todo List

Of course, knowing what you’re doing on a particular day is the core principle when it comes to being productive and getting things done. However, you can only know what you really need to do if you have an idea of the bigger picture – what are you working towards in the long term? This is where creating weekly “todo lists” can come in handy.

Note that there are many ways to plan out your goals and objectives; we’ve discussed many different such systems and ideas in this webbook. You don’t need to create a “to do list” in the manner of the daily list for your weekly; you can do whatever system you want. The point is that you need to have some way of keeping track your long term goals so that you get the ‘ingredients’ for what you can include on your shorter term task lists.

The key aspect of this goes beyond organization skills, though – it’s also about breaking down these goals into smaller tasks. One of the best things you can do is take each large project and slice and dice it into as many miniature tasks as you can. These are tasks that you can reasonably complete in about an hour; when it comes time to do the work, you can simply add each of these mini tasks to your task queue.

You will need to review this list at least weekly, just to remind you of your larger goals and to adapt to any changes that might have occurred in the period between the last review and this one.

Some Tips on Prioritization

One of the most pieces of your arsenal of planning skills should be your ability to prioritize. Here are some tips:

  1. Organize your daily tasks by priority. The method I use is the “ABC” system. The most critical tasks get A, then the important tasks get B, and the tasks lowest on the list get B. When you tackle your tasks, finish the A tasks, then go for the B, and then hit the C tasks if you have time.
  2. One important tip is to always tackle your most important task first thing in the morning. “Eating your frog” is an important tip because it will give you the energy and focus to go after the other tasks on your list. And, if for some reason you don’t get anything else done, you will at least take solace in the fact that you completed your most important task for the day.
  3. Priority management isn’t a rocket science. What’s important to do “right now” depends on your short term and long term needs and goals. There’s a balance to be had there, and with experience you will figure out what works best for you and leads you to the highest levels of productivity and success.

Should I Use To Do List Software?

Of course, the answer to this question is not “yes” or “no” but “if it helps you get things done.” That’s the only measure of whether or not you should use any special equipment or technology is if it actually helps you. And this should really matter to you especially if you are paying for it; the only reason you should not download to do list freeware is if a paid version will really supercharge your productivity.

I believe, however, that sometimes this to do software and other task management software can be more trouble than they are worth. You can get programs that run directly on your desktop, or you can get ones that work through a web browser, but perhaps the most popular are the ones that can be used in hand held devices. I used some various to do list apps on my iPhone, and I’ve seen others use such applications on their android and other smart phones. However, my experience was that it was more annoying to have to pull out my phone, switch it on, go to the app, and interact with the tasks there than just having it on a piece of paper that I could scratch off and edit instantly. It seems to me that sometimes using this technology can be more of a crutch; we are trying to make our task system “fun” when it should just be about getting down to business.

There are also some disadvantages to using technology to keep track of your tasks. For instance, if you use a task planner on your computer, you will only be able to have access to it when you are actually near the computer, even if you are able to sync your to do list online so that you can access it anywhere. Even in that case you will still need to be around a computer; having an online todo list is nice, but sometimes just having a pad of paper in your pocket is better for the convenience.

Another disadvantage to any kind of to do app is that it stays “out of sight, out of mind.” You can forget about your list and what’s on it if you have it in your pocket. Having a regular, paper and pencil task organizer can of course have this problem too, but at least you can keep it out and in front of you at all times. There’s also something nice about having your tasks laid out in a physical manner, and there’s really nothing better in many ways than taking a pen and crossing out the tasks that you’ve just completed. It’s quite satisfying!

Sometimes these programs can also be annoying to handle, in that entering a task can be more trouble than its worth. This may be just my feeling, though, as I am biased towards the paper and pencil variety – your mileage may vary.

There are benefits, of course. Being able to keep your day in your smartphone is quite convenient, and many of these online todo sites and programs are free or at least very cheap. In addition, they can offer you interesting features that can streamline your planning process. Plus, sometimes todo online programs and apps are just plain old fun to use – and if this makes you use them and actually get stuff done, nice!

There are plenty of other articles out there that will give you the best to do list software, programs, and apps, but I think that goes beyond the point. The software should never be the focus – the tasks and getting them done should always be primary. So I won’t go ahead and give you my top 10 list of todo list software and where to download these items. If you want them, you’ll find them. I just ask you to try the paper and pencil method first – it may be all you need!\

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Time Management for Teachers

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Teachers have a tough job, as they aren’t just teaching students in a classroom: they have to be able to juggle the demands of students, parents, supervisors, departments, and the government, all the while disciplining kids, setting up lesson plans, grading assignments, and potentially having some semblance of a social life.

That’s why time management tips for teachers are so important – the amount of stuff that needs to be get done will crush even the hardest worker if the tasks aren’t approached with care. So here are some additional tips for those who work in our schools, colleges, and universities:

Time Management for Teachers

  1. One of the most important tips on time management for teachers is to not let ‘time sinks’ take over your classroom. You know that there are some students that just drain your time unnecessarily, and there are also some colleagues and tasks that do the same. Minimize their influence as much as possible!
  2. The typical time management tips apply – schedule your time, create to-do and other task lists, and fill in ‘free’ time with work instead of letting it go to waste.
  3. Try to avoid meetings or minimize their impact whenever you can.
  4. Take breaks through the day – don’t miss your lunch!
  5. Don’t let paperwork and other materials drag down your productivity – sometimes managing all this junk can be a huge task in itself. Throw out or give away what you truly don’t need to save.
  6. In terms of time management in the classroom, discover the activities that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Some activities will yield little to no educational benefits, while others will give your students a great learning experience. Focus as much as you can on the latter, though of course sometimes the former can be unavoidable. In general, though, focus on the 80/20 rule.
  7. Keep a balanced life. Of course, the demands of the classroom are great, but you’ll get burned out quick, and maybe even hate teaching, if you don’t take some time for yourself.

Time Management at Work Tips

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Much of the advice on time management, productivity, and working hard applies very well to any work or business endeavour. Thus, I’ll try not to repeat myself in the following time management tips at work. For more details on some of these topics, check out the rest of this webbook!

Time Management at Work

  1. Delegate. Sometimes it’s not worth it for you to do certain tasks if someone else can do them better, faster, or cheaper.
  2. Don’t be afraid to say no. This is perhaps the best business time management tip you can get, simply because “not doing” tasks is infinitely better than even doing them fast, if you can swing it.
  3. Prioritize. If you own a business, focus on the activities that actually make you the money. If you are an employee, focus on the activities that will give you the best results for your time input, of course depending on what you consider to be “good results,” all depending on your goals.
  4. If you are a manager, you will also have to worry about employee time management. That’s why reading and understanding the tips in this book are so important – you can use them to train your employees to be more  efficient.
  5. Encourage and support team work. Sometimes the best work can be done when people are working together than if they are working in an isolated fashion.
  6. Meetings are deadly most of the time – they are huge time wasters. One of the most appreciated tips of time management for managers is the ability to make meetings more efficient. Not only will they increase productivity, they will also improve morale.
  7. Don’t let distractions take over your work. Sometimes office time management is controlled by the blocking of distracting websites and the discouraging of “water cooler talk,” but distractions will still have to be controlled in this environment. It’s even worse if you are self-employed or if you work at home – then the distractions will near be infinite. Make sure you realize this and set up your workspace to minimize the potential for distraction.
  8. Time management in business depends on what the goals of the company are. If the goals are off, and if the means to those ends don’t correlate with best practices, then everyone in the organization will suffer.
  9. Time management in the workplace depends on the specific qualities of that environment. For instance, these tips will vary depending on if you are a bureaucrat, office worker, construction worker, etc. Time management for nurses will have different requirements than time management for work-at-home writers, for example, so keep that in mind when you’re reading these tips. As in everything, adaptability and flexibility are the key skills.
We will be adding more time management tips at work soon! Come back often.

Time Management for Moms

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The big change when dealing with time management for moms is the fact that scheduling and planning needs to be very flexible to adapt to the changing needs of babies, kids, teens, spouses, work, play, and so on. The other big difference is that the ‘work’  never ends – there are always new demands and tasks that remain undone, so much of the time management for kids will also focus on prioritizing and evaluating tasks – are they urgent, important, or some combination?

Thus, these time management tips for mothers focus on this: being flexible in the moment while also being rigorous and disciplined enough to get things done. This will help lower stress and make you more effective in all spheres of life.

Note again that the usual tip applies: check out the other chapters of this webbook for more general advice!

Time Management at Home

  1. The first tip is to stay organized. Keep things in their ‘right’ places, and don’t let clutter take over the home and your work spaces. Keep a calendar that you can use to schedule appointments. When possible, arrange blocks of times for important but ‘long term’ focused tasks, such as cleaning and organizing. Keep a to-do list, especially if you expect a hectic and varied day to come.
  2. Sometimes part of your time management skills will involve managing the time and activities of others. For instance, time management for teens can be difficult, especially when they are juggling the demands of school, work, family, and a social life. This webbook can give you tips that you can communicate to your children to help them be more efficient and productive – this will ease your load further.
  3. Don’t skip exercise, eating right, or getting enough sleep. You may need that hour for “work” instead of exercising or sleeping, and you may be tempted to get crappy foods on the go, but avoid those temptations as much as possible, for they are false claims. Sure, you may ‘save’ an hour by not exercising, but what are you losing on the back end? You may find your lower energy levels actually lead you to being less productive and effective than if you simply went to the gym and got your energy levels up int he first place.
  4. Prioritizing is going to be the key skill for many moms and dads who are juggling a hectic schedule. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to unimportant and non-urgent tasks. Getting help with tasks can also really lighten the load, so having friends or colleagues that can give you this aid can be invaluable. This is an important skill to cultivate, because it’s not possible to please everyone. Figure out your “must do” tasks and do them first and completely; delegate other tasks to those who can do them for you or, even better, totally eliminate them if at all possible.
  5. Focus is the key to time management, and that can be described in many ways here, as it has been described in other chapters. The tip I’ll give here is to “focus” on people – give your kids, family, coworkers, etc. undivided time. Twenty minutes of undivided attention is worth two hours of diverted, distracted attention! In terms of the time investment and effectiveness, it’s a no brainer.
  6. At the same time, take time to smell the roses. While life can be stressful, we shouldn’t let that make us rush through life without enjoying the great, if small, moments.
Any more tips? Leave them in the comments!

Chapter 10: Time Management in Context

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As we’ve stated earlier, some time management and productivity tips depend on the kinds of activities you are doing or what you are responsible for. While general tips and advice can help, sometimes more specific guidance is warranted so that you can be the best in what you are trying to do, not just good at managing time generally.

Thus in this chapter we’ll discuss some of the more common areas where people will want to manage their time better. We focus on students, moms, teachers, and the workplace. We will be adding more topics as we go and as this webbook expands. Note as well that many of the general tips discussed in earlier chapters will apply to all of these cases as well, so make sure you read them all to get the best cross-section of time management tips in and out of context that you can.

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Time Management for Students – High School and College

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Perhaps the group that complains of the highest levels of procrastination and most difficulty focusing and getting things done are students. The procrastination epidemic has always hit students hard, but perhaps no harder than it has today. The proliferation of digital devices and social networking sites, among other technologies of distraction, has made it easier than ever before to be distracted by short term impulses, all to avoid working towards more fulfilling long term goals. As a result, student time management skills are pretty much pathetic across the board, as most students can probably attest to!

Thus, this article will give advice on time management for students, an area of sore need for many. We intend to give tips for students at all levels, so this will also apply to those looking for time management for high school students or time management for college students. Try to integrate as many of these tips into your life as possible, but don’t try to tackle them all at once or you may have trouble making any of them stick. Focus on one or two at a time and make it stick; then move on to the next one. As is the name of the game: FOCUS.

Of course, while much of this advice may be characterized as time management for teens and young adults, note that a lot of this can also to apply to students of an older age group, including returning students and adult education students.

Time Management Tips For Students

  1. Plan your week, semester, year, and beyond. Planning is the first step – you need to know what you need to be doing before you can do it effectively. Use whatever resource or device you’d like, but make sure it’s easy to use and maintain, because you don’t want your planning and organizing to be an unwieldy tool itself. You probably will know ahead of time the major dates for tests, exams, projects, papers, and other assignments – so make sure you pencil them in and come up with a game plan on how you will tackle all of those tasks. Mix in extracurricular activities – sports, music, volunteering, and other student groups – and you will be quickly overwhelmed if you are not on top of your game.
  2. If you have to work to support your education, this adds more pressure on your time budget, so make sure you are especially careful to organize your time.
  3. If you are having issues with procrastination, check that chapter of this webbook – it will help you! In fact, you can find many other productivity tips scattered throughout this webbook, so have a look around if you already haven’t.
  4. Get tools to help you focus your time, but don’t let those tools take over either.
  5. Block out time in your schedule to do unbroken periods of work. Focus is the key to any kind of success; being scatterbrained or (worse) multitasking will not let you be as productive as you can be. This is the unfortunate thing about multitasking: many students believe that it is “normal” and that they are being their most productive while checking Facebook, looking at sites, listening to music, watching TV, and texting to their friends. In fact, they are getting nothing done. If they just sat back and worked on their task, they’d get it done in a quarter of the time. Unfortunately, modern technology sometimes gives the illusion of productivity; switch off and avoid distractions if you want to manage your time properly.
  6. Use the time in between classes and other periods of ‘down time’ to do more work. Don’t let these little periods of 15 – 30 minutes go by – they can add up over the course of a week, semester, and school career! Don’t just sacrifice them to ‘rest’ or socializing – actually make use of them when you can by studying flash cards, reading the book or article due, or other useful activities.
  7. Don’t cram. You’ve heard this before, and maybe ignored it, but it’s unbelievably important. First, you can’t hope to learn a bunch of stuff in one day, simply because the physiological processes of learning (read: sleep) require multiple days to give you the highest benefit. Second, it’s just a better use of your time to spread out the studying over many days and weeks rather than trying to cram it in into one session. A third benefit is that you’ll lower stress, and you might actually find that studying ahead of time is enjoyable.
  8. This also goes with long term project. Leaving papers to the last minute is no way to build good writing habits, and you won’t be able to truly say your best in the writing if you have to do it all at once. Sure, you may get away with it at first, even through high school and college, but you are truly short changing yourself. And it may eventually catch up to you when you get to the ‘real world’ of business, where deadlines will be more firm and the consequences of missing those deadlines more severe.
  9. Part of time management in college and high school is not just about planning and budgeting time, but also about how you study. Take this time to build good study habits; this is key to working not just harder but also ‘smarter.’ There are certain ways to study that will get you more benefits per hour invested than others, and this will depend on the subject you’re studying as well as your learning style. Study skills and time management go hand in hand – so don’t look at an hour spent “studying” as equivalent across many different activities. Some activities will be longer, but more rewarding, than others, so don’t necessarily take the short cut if you will have to pay for it down the line.
  10. Create an environment conducive to study. For many people, this means going to the library, though others may find it hard to study there simply because they have to much exposure to their friends and other distractions. Working at home thus has its benefits – no friends there to distract you – but also has its dangers. The allures of the TV, computer, video game system, or your bed are there to seduce you all the time you are trying to work. Thus, if you do work at home, be sure to reduce or eliminate distractions. You will know what your particular issues are, so focus on those and do what you can to eliminate temptation and get focused on your positive activities.
  11. Of course, make sure you have fun and actually relax – being a workaholic is not exactly the point of life at this or any age. This is one of the time management strategies for college students that will be easy to follow – perhaps too easy. We need to maintain a work-life balance, and this means balance on both sides of the equation. Have your fun, but also do your work.
  12. You may be able to find college time management seminars and other offerings on campus; in high school, your teacher or guidance counselors may offer you similar advice. Take these opportunities to learn some tricks and tips that can help you manage your time that may be more specific to your school, major, situation, etc. Of course, everything in life is about adapting, so make sure you are open to change yet rigid enough to maintain discipline – it can be a fine line!
  13. Practice and hold on to these strategies as much as you can. Time management skills for students (college or high school) don’t come naturally – in fact, there is a certain “culture of procrastination” that rages throughout most campuses and classrooms. Thus, you’ll have to go against the grain here, but what better way to be ‘educated’ than to learn the benefits of not conforming to what the crowd accepts.