Managing Your Time
Managing your work on your thesis is an active process that requires you to take steps to monitor your progress and then use that information to decide whether there is anything you need to start doing differently. We have seen how this idea can be applied to managing your writing and the same principle applies when it comes to managing your time.
Monitoring and Reviewing Your Use of Time
As with managing your writing, to manage your time you need a process for regularly monitoring how you are using your time and reviewing this against your plan. Indeed, you may want to combine your monitoring and reviewing of your use of time with that of monitoring and reviewing your writing into a single process. Again, this is something you may want to do on your own or as part of your regular review meetings with your supervisor.
Improving Your Time Management
Hopefully you will find that you are managing your time in accordance with your plan. However, most students do fall behind at some point and with a process for regularly monitoring and reviewing your use of time any problems should come to light early on and before they become serious.
If you do find that you are not keeping to your work plan, it may be need that you need to improve your time management. If that is the case, it is best to start with the basics:
If you try these and find that your time management is still not as good as it needs to be, it may be that there is a more serious issue. If that is the case, then it is important to identify it as early as possible and take action to deal with it. There are a number of problems that students writing their thesis commonly encounter. Click here for more advice on these and what you can do to manage them.
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