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One of the biggest mistakes a student makes while attending school is not having the proper time management skills. Time management is an absolute necessity while working towards your degree and without it, students often fall behind which causes low grades, repeated classes and an extension in time until graduation. Having these skills are important for all students, even more so for those who have a busy lifestyle and are constantly trying to keep up with the fast pace of the day.

We all know what time management is, but not many students know exactly how to create a good time management plan while attending school. They are also unaware of the many benefits that come along with having good time management skills. A student who has a good set of these skills will obtain effective learning, be able to pursue other activities offered through the school other than the general courses and helps prepare for a new career where time management skills are necessary.

If you are looking to implement a time management plan into your everyday life, there are a few things you can do which will help you to create a strong and successful plan. The first thing you need to do is break down your life into categories. For example: personal, work and education can all be categories that must be a part of your time management plan. You can also add in any additional categories that do not occur on an everyday basis such as shopping and other recreational activities.

Once you have broken down your categories, you will want to create a chart. Using a chart until you become familiar with your new time management plan will help you to stay on track. Under each of the categories listed, you will want to determine how much time is needed for that particular category each day. For example, work may require eight hours and personal may require four. This means that 12 hours out of 24 are already used up and the rest is open for your educational needs.

After you determine how much time must go into each category, you want to chart the times that these activities will generally take place. For example, you may want to put education a few hours before bed so that the house is quiet and you are able to focus on the material at hand.

This chart can help you be successful in time management, and, after using it for a short period of time, you will begin to develop the time management skills that are necessary for education success and you will no longer need a chart to track your daily activities.