Procrastinating too much? This task is for you!

Yesterday I was at a traffic light at 8am when a girl dressed in corporate attire whizzed by me on her skateboard, drinking coffee from her left hand and smoking from her right. Talk about time management! (Or was she just running late because like most of us, she was busy procrastinating?)

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Time management is necessary when we have more tasks than we do time, and it comes down to priorities. A great, easy time management method is to evaluate the importance of each task against its deadline (urgency).

I’m a big fan of Stephen Covey’s time management matrix and as a new Mum, I know it works! Draw up a list of tasks, place them in the matrix, and voila, you will have quickly organised your tasks in order of priority!

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Here are some examples:

1: Assessment worth 60% due in 24 hours – urgent and important.

2: Keeping your CV up to date – important, not urgent.

3: Snagging tickets to Splendour – urgent, not important.

4: Grabbing coffee with a roommate in your lunch break – not urgent, not important.

About the Author

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Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is an AHPRA registered psychologist, living in Sydney. She has dedicated a big chunk of her life to helping students improve their academic performance and increase their enjoyment of it. Alessandra has counselled students at Boston University, Tufts University, local schools and academies in Boston, and hospitals in Rome and Boston. She collaborated more locally with students from the Queensland Academy of Sport and the University of Southern Queensland and continues to counsel local and international students in Sydney, where she lives with her husband and two kids. In high school, she was voted ‘Most likely to be a college bum’…that was before completing a Bachelor’s degree, two Master’s degrees and obtaining a scholarship to complete her Doctorate degree.

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