Background of the Study
Most college students value their time when they're struggling to balance work, school, social life, and when they are pressured to a deadline. With so much to do, it can be easy to become overwhelmed, stressed and pressured then eventually be burnt out. Time management techniques can help students get things done by organizing schedules, setting priorities and accomplishing tasks in the most efficient way. These skills will not only be valuable during their time at school but can carry over later into the workplace. Freshmen Nursing students are currently adjusting from a typical high school schedule where schedule is organized and the subjects are consecutive in a day, to a college schedule with a lot of vacant time and late classes that last until 7 PM at night. With this new profound schedule, students have a hard time to adapt therefore they cram and stress with their disorganized time. Management of time for a college student can be one of the most crucial, important and difficult skills to learn during your college years. With so much going on, having strong time management and an efficient time management technique can sometimes seem so impossible. Fortunately, however, there are things that a college student can do to help make sure that time management leaves you feeling organized and in control instead of exhausted, stressed, pressured and behind. More over, as freshmen nursing students, we have a lot in our hand, from layers of books to read and study, to millions of terms to memorize, to preparing for reports, to Related Learning Experience duties, etc; with all that, we would still have to balance it with personal, social and other extra curricular activities. This study was made in order to distinguish the different time management techniques used by freshmen nursing students, particularly the respondents to the survey, the freshmen nursing students of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Here are some Tried-and-True Time Management Techniques:
1. The Pomodoro Technique. The idea of this technique is to break down work periods into at most 25-minute intervals, because that's how long our minds focus effectively. The creator of this method, entrepreneur and mentor Francesco Cirillo (1980) calls these intervals as "pomodoros." The technique gets more complicated as you delve into it, but you begin it by first deciding which tasks you need to accomplish. Next, set the timer to 25 minutes and work free of distractions until it rings. Then, take a five-minute break. Every four intervals, take a longer break (15-20 minutes).
2. 18 Minutes. This technique is the brainchild of Peter Bregman, chief executive officer of the global management consulting firm Bregman Partners and author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done: In the morning: Sit down and think about what you need to do today to make it successful. "What can you realistically accomplish that will further your focus for the year and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling that you've been productive and successful?" Bregman writes in his book. "Then take those things off your to-do list and schedule them into your calendar." One minute per hour: Refocus. Set an alarm every hour and when it beeps, "take a deep breath and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively," he writes. "Manage your day hour by hour. Don't let the hours manage you." Minutes in the evening: Turn off your computer and review how the day went. Ask yourself questions like: How did the day go? What did I learn?
3. COPE. Personal productivity expert Peggy Duncan (2000) suggests the Clear-Organized-Productive-Efficient technique. "My system incorporates getting to the root cause of why you don't have enough time and what you can do about it," Duncan says. "You have to totally revamp how you work." Start by analyzing how you're spending the day by logging your activities and eliminating...