Time management advice for MBA students
Think time is a precious commodity? If you are a busy professional, an MBA student or a parent, you probably answered yes to the above question. Those who do all three – work a full-time job, take MBA classes and have a family – definitely answered yes.
Alvernia understands the time constraints that our MBA students face. As the coordinator of our MBA program Dr. Beth Berret puts it, “It’s easy for me to address the needs of the older student, because I was that person.”
That’s why we’ve compiled three tips to help MBA students manage their time more effectively.
1. Plan ahead
When you get your syllabus, check the deadlines and tests against your work and home calendar. Talk to your professor as soon as you realize you’ll miss class due to traveling for work and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to research and write papers. Undergraduates can pull all-nighters. MBA students, who have other responsibilities, can’t do things at the last minute.
2. Force yourself to focus
Have you ever seen little kitchen timers shaped like a tomato? That’s all you need to use the time management method called the Pomodoro Technique. The idea is to use a kitchen timer to break down work into shorter intervals. When you physically wind up the timer, it confirms your determination to start the task; the ticking sound externalizes your desire to complete the task and the ringing noise announces a break. You can learn more about this technique here.
3. Become anti-social
It happens to everyone. You go online to look up one thing, an hour later; you’re still bouncing between Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If this sounds familiar, maybe you need Anti-Social. This productivity tool blocks distracting sites for as little as 15 minutes or as much as 8 hours.
Poor time management can lead to increased stress. So, before you get to your breaking point, you might want to read this advice from Patricia Kreider, licensed psychologist from Alvernia’s Health & Wellness Center and some Alvernia students on how to earn a degree, manage your job, raise your children and keep your sanity.