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Being a student in high school or college can be demanding and at times overwhelming. It can often seem that there is more homework and tests to study for than there are hours in the day. The key is to have effective time management techniques in use when you’re trying to prepare for the next class or even for the week ahead. In order to prevent yourself from falling behind and feeling lost, there are some simple strategies you can follow that will help you stay on track and give you skills that you can carry on with you into your eventual career as well.

Tip #1 – You should always plan for at least two study hours for every class you have. This will give you enough time to read through all of the material your teachers discussed and allow you to process it all and make sense of it. If you rush through a class, you could be left feeling like you didn’t learn anything. Also, study your most difficult (or boring) subject first when your mind is fresh. If you leave these subjects for last, you will be tired and not give them your full attention.

Tip #2 – Now that you know how to study with proper time management techniques you need to figure out where to study. Look for a place that’s free from outside noise and distractions such as a library or even an empty classroom, if available. You don’t want to get too comfortable when you’re studying because this will lead to drowsiness and you need to remain awake and attentive. If you find your productivity is starting to waiver, find a different place to study since sometimes a change in environment can help get you back on track.

Tip #3 – Rinse and repeat by making the previous tips into a daily habit. Learning effective tools for good study habits and time management isn’t hard it just takes persistence and perseverance. Once you set yourself into a routine, you will find it starts to become much easier. Soon you will come to find that a little extra effort on your part will allow you to reap many rewards in your classes.

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I want to introduce you to one of the very simplest yet most effective stress management techniques for tough times that I discovered some years ago, but first I want to tell you a story.

There is a story about a king who sought wisdom. He searched all over his kingdom for wisdom and did not find it. Eventually he heard of a man living in a remote part of the kingdom who had a reputation for great wisdom.

The king sent for this man and had him brought to court, whereupon the king offered the man a great reward if he would share the secret to his wisdom.

The man agreed and departed from the king’s presence.

He returned several weeks later and presented the king with a small box.

The king looked a little surprised and very disappointed as he opened the box and removed a ring. “Is this it?” he shouted at the wise man.

“Place the ring on your finger and read the inscription out loud,” replied the wise man.

The king read the inscription: “This too will pass”.

The wise man counselled the king: “Wear that ring at all times and look at it frequently, and regardless of whether you are experiencing good fortune or adversity remind yourself that this too will pass…”

The king was satisfied that he had at last found true wisdom and he duly rewarded the man with great wealth.

How I discovered the “This too will pass” rule

Approximately 12 years ago I was in a senior management position working on a large multi-million dollar IT programme in London. The various projects involved major change in the client organisation’s service delivery processes.

It was an extremely pressured role which was made far more difficult because of the adversarial relationship between my employers who were the prime contractor and our client’s IT department who were our direct interface on behalf of our client’s business users.

As these situations so often are, this was a highly political environment where emails were used by the client’s IT people and their subcontractors to make mischief and generally stir things up.

A typical strategy was for the client’s project manager or one of this team to fire off a critical – but inaccurate and misleading – email and to copy-in senior management and directors in the client organisation and with the prime contractor – and thus ensuring a continuous escalation of highly politicised issues.

This would happen several times a week.

My role in all this was to act as buffer and filter for my boss who was the programme director – to field these offensive emails – resolve the underlying issues and/or recommend a solution and to neutralise the politics.

You may find all this is a bit hard to believe unless you have worked on a large messy IT project (the large ones nearly always are messy!) – but I assure you it is true when I tell you that it was not uncommon for it to take me the best part of a day to deal with one of these emails.

Often my colleague – the programme manager and myself were unfairly and inaccurately personally criticised in these emails. It was wearing, draining and deeply unpleasant (and yes I only stuck it for the money – a lot of money at the time).

But here’s the thing, even though I did not know anything about mindfulness I did rapidly discover the truth of the “This too will pass” story.

I very soon realised that these angry and defensive states arose automatically but if I just sat with them and observed them, without engaging with them for about 24 hours, they passed.

I was then able to exercise clarity and to manage the tricky politics on behalf of my boss and to best effect.

This became known on our side of the programme as the “This too will pass” rule and my first lesson in the power of the practise of mindfulness.

Change your mind: to Change Your Life.

Stephen Warrilow, runs an informational site Zen Tools for tough times suggesting and providing practical resources that can show you how to change your life and also to help you survive imposed change and tough times.

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