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Time management skills are essential skills for effective elite athletes. Athletes who master these techniques routinely are the highest achievers, even those under intense pressure, in all walks of life, from sport to business. Firstly, it is important to identify and concentrate on the things that matter most. This ensures that you achieve the greatest benefit possible with the limited amount of time available to you.
To start managing your time effectively, you need to set goals
When you know where you're going, you can then figure out what exactly needs to be done, in what order. Without proper goal-setting, you will not make the most of your time and will be faced with conflicting priorities.
Prioritising what needs to be done is especially important
Without it, you may work very hard, but you won’t be achieving the results you desire because what you are working on is not of real importance.
Knowing what to do to minimise the interruptions is very important
Most athletes have a “to-do” list of some sort. The problem with many of these lists is that they are just a collection of things that need to get done. There is no rhyme or reason to the list and, because of this, the work accomplished is just as unstructured. So how do you work on To Do List tasks – top down, bottom up, easiest to hardest? To work efficiently you need to work on the most important, highest value tasks. This way you won’t get caught scrambling to get something critical done as the deadline approaches.
The following tips will assist you as an athlete to study effectively. Start using and practising active study methods right from the start – this way the skills will become automatic, a normal part of your study routine – just like your sports training.