Hello everyone! As this is my first post on the wonderful House 21 blog, I would like to briefly explain time management how can we plan SMART (even during these difficult times).
What is this term and why is it important in our daily lives?
Time management is the process of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. The main outcome of working smarter is the effectiveness and how you can achieve more done in less time.
How to make a smart week plan?
Achieving your goals can be a difficult path if you have no guide. SMART plan makes sure that these goals are clear and reachable.
Specific– Make goal clear and specific.
Measurable– Track your progress and stay motivated.
Achievable– Realistic and attainable- Stretch your abilities and remain possible.
Relevant– Ensuring your goals matter to you.
Time-bound– Target date.
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why is this goal important?
- Who is involved?
- Where is it located?
- Which resources or limits are involved?
Example- Imagine that you are a undergraduate studying history, and you would like to become a museum curator. Use these questions to motivate yourself and to understand the reason why you would like to be a museum curator. What do you need to accomplish in order to become a museum curator? Have you researched your goal in mind?
Being measurable will help you to stay focused and meeting deadlines.
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
Example- You might measure your goal of acquiring skills to become a museum curator by researching the suitable areas you need to understand the job role.During your studies, you need to determine how many assignments or artciles/books you need to read, and determine a deadline.
- How can I accomplish this goal?
- How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?
- Does this seem worthwhile?
- Is this the right time?
- Does this match your effort/needs?
- Am I the right person to reach this goal?
- Is it applicable in current socio-economic environment?
Example– Is it the right time to work towards additional qualifications? Will your studies help you become a museum curator?
This helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
- What can I do 6 months from now?
- What can I do 6 weeks from now?
- What can I do today?
Example- Today, I need to further read on books relating to ‘Representing the Past’ and sort out my organisation. 6 weeks from now, I need to learn the basic grammar of Latin.
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What are my long-term goals and why are they important?
Personally, these unprecedented times have given me the opportunity to plan my long term goals.
- I am hoping be either a museum curator, an archivist or historian.
- I would like to be involved in movements and to educate myself further about Antisemitism, racism and homophobia. This is so I can help to reduce these issues online and face to face.
- I would like to improve my public speaking and my social skills.
- I would like to improve my time management.
- To become fluent in German and to understand Latin texts.