Getting organised

Learning and working style

Reflect on how you work best and take charge of your learning
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Organisation and Time Management

Develop routines that can make you more productive and less likely to procrastinate
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Know yourself

  • How, when and where do you study best?
  • What motivates, rewards and distracts you?

Priority Matrix

  • Put tasks into a ‘Priority Matrix’. 
  • Know the difference between 'important' and 'urgent' tasks.

Use calendars and planners

  • Colour code your week and allocate slots for studying.
  • Break big projects into smaller tasks, each with a deadline.

Try the Pomodoro method

  • Working in 25-minute bursts (with a 5-minute break in between) helps with concentration.

Use technology to help you

  • Calendars, productivity apps, reminders and to-do lists such as Drop Task and Wunderlist.
  • Get started by looking at 'No DSA software? No problem'.

Routines are more powerful than willpower

  • But they take time to establish. So get started!

Skills for success: The personal development planning handbook

This book will help you to think about personal, academic and career goals and to plan a path to success.


Teamgantt is a simple online software for creating gantt charts via drag and drop.

Tomato Timer

Free online Pomodoro timer.

Organising yourself - University of Sheffield

Interactive, audio-led guidance and information from the University of Sheffield. Learning styles, time management and memory are covered. Contains drag-and-drop practice exercises.

Procrastination and the Pomodoro technique

YouTube video about how to beat procrastination using the Pomodoro technique

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique

Great guide to getting organised with the Pomodoro method.

Focus Keeper Free

Free Pomodoro timer for iOS.

Focus Matrix – Task Manager

Free Priority Matrix app for iOS.

Footnotes VMT

Footnotes is a Visual Multilayered Thinking process developed by Oliver West.

Get focused - 13 tools to eliminate distractions today

A round-up of some of the most useful tools and apps for cutting down on distractions.

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

TED talk by Tim Urban – inside the mind of a master procrastinator.

Drop Task

Create visual to-do lists with items grouped together by colour. Can set dates, link files, choose priority etc. Useful for group projects too.

6 things productive people do every day

Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day - tips from Eric Barker's 'Barking up the wrong tree' blog.
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Organisation and Time Management

Develop routines that can make you more productive and less likely to procrastinate

Getting organised

Establish a routine and prepare yourself for busy study periods