(IAS PLANNER) Time Management
Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals complying with a due date. This set encompasses a wide scope of activities, and these include planning , setting goals , analysis of time spent. In the Civil Services exam it is a tool to success. Time management is essential and one of the important tool in the Civil Services Examination. In the first stage of examination that is called preliminaries, real-time testing is very important. When it comes to Mains time management has become more important one has to solve the whole paper in merely three hours. Here aspirants should allocate the time as according to the requirement of the question paper. As the nature of Mains exam paper is that one need to stick to the word limits in all questions and here need proper time management, aspirants should keep in mind that if one is devoting too much time to one particular question will surely means that one miss out on others questions. The UPSC exams among many other things, it also tests aspirants skill in time management, and how to organize the work in a systematic and efficient manner.
Time management is important not just in writing the exam, but also while preparing for it. It is advisable to break up long study sessions into a few compact ones with more breaks to refresh oneself. For example, two four-hour sessions prove to be more beneficial than one long eight-hour stretch. Some students prefer to study in short bursts of two hours, with 15-minute breaks in between.
Ultimately it is up to the individual to find his or her own unique time management strategy. It is also possible to use "free time" effectively. Thus, time spent commuting, or relaxing can also be used to refresh concepts or read different, if not completely unrelated, books. However, it is important to "switch-off" for at least some time in a day.
Courtesy: The Hindu, Forntline