It’s a million $ question…. How to manage time… Specially while preparing for competitions.
I would like to advise you, as i advise all my students, to firstly RESPECT TIME.
Imagine there is an amazing bank : It credits your account each morning with Rs 86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
What would you do?
Draw out every pence, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is Time.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.”
Therefore, there is never not enough time or too much time. Time management is decided by us alone and nobody else. It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do it.
IF YOU WANT TO MANAGE YOUR TIME OR IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SECRET OF RANKERS OF JEE – HOW DID THEY EVER MANGED THEIR TIME AND GOT THROUGH JEE WITH FLYING COLOURS –
THEN YOU MUST KNOW THESE MAGICAL RULES
Rule #1 : If you love something, your mind will automatically carve out time for it.
Rule #2 : The only way to do a great work is to love what you do.
(Rule #2 are actually the words of Steve Jobs. I bet that this single line is enough to tell you why he achieved the zenith)
Life is a manifestation of science. Just as every chemical reaction has a driving force, similarly YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR WORK is your biggest driving force.
Now, what i recommend for you as you draw up your timetable is this.
- Make sure that you are getting 5-6 hours of sleep daily. If you sleep any lesser, your memory fades more easily and your retention power weakens.
- Study in effective sessions. Either study for long sessions of 3 hours followed by 15 minutes break or multiple sessions involving studying for 1 hour followed by a break of 5 minutes.
- Whenever you solve problems, sit with a watch. This will help you develop your speed for solving questions. This is a much needed skill.
Judiciously divide the time you allocate to each subject. There are three approaches :
- Study one subject in detail per day. While this gives you a high level of focus, it may lead to negligence of the other subjects. Additionally, it may make you feel bored at times.
- Studying two subjects per day. Actually, this is the best way possible. It makes sure that subject negligence is reduced. Also, if you feel bored with one subject at a time, you may start working on the other. Also, you get sufficient time for each subject.
- Studying all three subjects daily. The only problem with this is that very little time is allocated per subject.
I am not biased towards any of the aforesaid approaches. Choose the one that suits you the best and proceed. However, approach 2 is highly recommended.
GET THE PASSION to work hard for JEE. It is passion that makes you manage time. Without passion, nothing can help you manage your time effectively.
For some tales of amazing achievers, look at this article
Last of all,
Stay Passionate, Stay Motivated and Work Hard !
Best of luck,
Mohit Ryan & Aakash Kapoor