Time management is an obstacle most any student will face, regardless of how a subject is taught. This also holds true of massage home-study courses, which offer a considerable amount of freedom from traditional classroom environments.

Massage home study has its advantages and disadvantages. Long gone are the days of having to fight for a specific schedule; although that does remove some structure others find comfort in having.

Life’s common difficulties can sometimes take center stage over your educational needs. But your success or failure, regardless of the environment, rests with you, the therapist. It is up to you to make the most of your educational experience.

Learning how to manage your time isn’t difficult, but it is a skill that can be learned with self-discipline. Time management will help you prioritize your daily responsibilities and make time work for you. It simplifies your self-discipline because you always will know what you should be doing and when. By laying out what you are to do each day, you will be able to easily find time to incorporate home-study classes into your schedule and, hopefully, make your life a little bit easier.

This is the first of two articles that will provide helpful tips to enhance your time-management skills.

Time management tips

  • Create a short, daily to-do list, which lists all of your major tasks for the day. Cross off your tasks as you accomplish them throughout the day. Then, move on to the next one until you’ve completed them all. This list should be a compilation of all your major tasks. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Save that for last when you have some free time.
  • Make your list the night before. At the end of each day, write up your to-do list for tomorrow and then place it with your keys or purse, so you don’t forget it.
  • Don’t deviate. Sure, other things are going to pop up in your life. But stick to this rigid schedule to accomplish your goals each day.
  • When are you most attentive? This is the time of day you should schedule your studies. By studying at this time of day, you will gain a better understanding of the material and the classes will seem less of a chore.
  • Schedule the most difficult tasks. This way you won’t be dreading these at the end of the day.
  • Break up large tasks into smaller ones to increase your organization and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Read Part 2 for the rest of the time-management tips.