Self Management - An Effective Student Mantra

Student schedules are most often crammed with activities the length of Schindler’s list – never-ending and hard to accomplish without breaking a sweat. All you need is a plan and a commitment to see that plan through to your set goal. Self management is the best possible way to accomplish one’s goals in relative ease. It is a key skill that will serve you well throughout your life. Self management involves managing oneself by taking responsibility for one’s own behavior and well-being. For students in particular, self management is a strong combination of TIME MANAGEMENT, SELF DISCIPLINE, SELF MONITORING, SELF EVALUATION, SELF REINFORCEMENTS AND SELF BELIEF.

Time and tide wait for no man is an age-old saying that will forever ring true. Haven’t we all wished, at one point or the other, for a few more hours in a day? Since work usually expands to fill time, our wish is moot. TIME MANAGEMENT is a critical step in self management. Infact, poor time management is the most common reason for lack of performance. Your goal should be gain control over time instead of letting time control you. Rushing through your tasks is not a healthy way to achieve anything in life. Breaking them down into doable bits, allotting time to each one of them and sticking to the schedule can help you avoid unnecessary stress and manage your commitments better. It also leaves you feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, which is a great motivation in itself to tackle the tasks the next day with renewed vigor. SELF DISCIPLINE is a powerful trait to have. At every step of the way, you will face at least two choices – the hard way and the easy way. Most often, the hard way is the right way. Students who exercise self discipline choose the right way even though it is hard to stick to that path. Getting up in the morning when all you want to do is snuggle back into your blanket takes lot of self discipline. And so does accepting and standing up to the truth in the face of adversity. Self discipline is the hardest step in self management, but the most rewarding of exercises. It is about prioritizing your high value tasks, taking accountability for your actions and responsibilities, and never wavering from the path you set for yourself. SELF MONITORING needs you to be in control of your actions. How come you end up being late to your tuitions every single time? Why does your maths paper grade the lowest in your exams? There is always a reason and the chance to rectify always lies with you. Know your strengths and weakness when it comes to doing your tasks and try and optimize those strengths while you work on your limitations. Look for opportunities, and pick out your threats that keep you from your goals - television and internet come to mind. Being self aware will help you keep track of your actions that either impacts your goals negatively or positively. SELF EVALUATION is key to moving forward towards your goals. Put pen to paper and become a ‘list’ person, if you need to – list out your tasks, achievements, and problem areas. Track them. This is a sure-shot way to assess your progress, and evaluate your actions so far in achieving your goals. If you get low grades in Maths when you follow a particular pattern of study – what more can you do to reach the higher grade you have set for yourself? Evaluate your actions and make the necessary changes. SELF REINFORCEMENTS are like splashing cold water on your scorched face in a hot summer afternoon – invigorating and necessary. All of us crave appreciation – even a simple pat in the back is an acknowledgement for your efforts. Be sure to be the first one to give yourself that pat. You earned it, you are worthy of your praise and feeling pride in your accomplishments, however small they may seem – they are always a step in the right direction. It is a celebratory feeling of having crossed certain milestones you set for yourself on your path to success and each one of those accomplishments are testament to your perseverance and commitment. SELF BELIEF is the most critical ingredient of self management, without which dreams can crumble; goals can disappear without a trace. ‘I can’ are two words that pack more punch than an entire crate of cola. Be proactive, carry a positive attitude towards yourself, your studies and responsibilities and nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.

All About Reading.

Educational researchers have found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. So it proves how much reading is important and how it can influence your life.But reading the right book with right content and an appropriate language is important.As it is rightly said: "All Information Is Not Knowledge But Processed Information Is."So choose your book wisely and follow the reading mantra from our Reading Room.

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