Study Habits and Time Management Strategies 101

Written by Jo, CAECE Trainer & Assessor

 

I will be the first to admit that I thrive on Professional Development and regularly seek out opportunities for continuous learning. I feel inspired when I'm learning something new or reviewing early childhood practices with other professionals. I am a big believer that you should never stop learning whether it's undertaking a qualification, attending a conference, workshop, or listening to a webinar. I enjoy the networking available and collecting those Certificates.

 

Professional Development and reflecting on professional practice are an important part of an early childhood educators role. It's important to take time to reflect on your own professional practices and studying a qualification often goes hand in hand with this.

 

When I have discussions with my students the common theme that I find is that they struggle with study habits and setting a specific time to concentrate on their studies. They often talk about that elusive life and work balance that we all strive for.

 

"Time management is really personal management, life management and management of self" - Brian Tracy

 

So here are my top 7 Time Management strategies.

 

 

Time Management Strategies

1. Put first things first. Prioritise what you need to accomplish. Plan the goals and tasks efficiently. Write a list or action plan of the goals that you have set yourself to achieve. Ensure that what you want to accomplish has a realistic deadline and is achievable.

 

2. Plan a specific time each week to concentrate on your studies. Let your family and friends know that this is time that you have set yourself to minimise distractions. Learn to say no when needed.

 

3. Focus on one thing at a time and avoid multi-tasking. Turn your high impact tasks into habits. You are less likely to become overwhelmed if you finish one assessment/unit at a time.

 

4. Organise and declutter the space that you are studying in. It is best practice to have a specific room or space to complete your studies in. A workspace will help you to stay organised and you are less likely to misplace your assessments. 

 

5. Schedule regular rest time and include playtime on your calendar. I find that just going for a 30-minute walk helps me to re-focus when I have been stuck on a task.

 

6. Contact your trainer or ask for help from your supervisor when you are struggling with a task. Your trainer is available in person, through zoom, email and telephone.

 

7. Get enough sleep. It is important to schedule work, play and rest periods that help you to maintain that work and life balance.