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Students

TIME MANAGEMENT
TRAINING

MAKING LISTS AND
SCHEDULING

SETTING GOALS
AND PRIORITIES

PREFERENCE
FOR ORGANISATION

CONTROL OF TIME
JOB

JOB-INDUCED
TENSIONS

activities), sand (small, compulsory tasks) and
water (filling the space like clutter around us).
By focusing primarily on the 'rocks' during
an individual's most productive hours, there
is perceived more time for pebbles (leisure).
'Sand' may take the form of emails and
should be done at less productive times unless
they are urgent (Wright 2002)9.
After almost 4 years, it's remarkable to see
how far we've progressed, seamlessly edging
closer to the molded professionals we aim to
be. I've thoroughly enjoyed my clinical and
academic hours and have tried to maintain
hobbies such as long distance running,
football and playing the piano.
I enjoy giving back to schools in the local
community and have acted as a team leader
for a cohort of students mentoring primary
school children. I was also a committee
member for my universities' bhangra society,
offering free weekly classes, spreading a
vibrant cultural dance form.
A significant highlight has been my trip to
Honduras with Global Brigades, where we set
up a medical and dental brigade in a village.
For a week we gave children oral hygiene
advice, visited other local communities and
shadowed dentists providing much needed
extractions and restorative work for the
people in the community.
These activities and more can be difficult
to manage and I haven't been immune to
stress. Periods of time where I have been
less organised, have resulted in less sleep,

SOMATIC TENSIONS

SATISFACTION

more fatigue and an element of guilt. I
perhaps spent excessive time on tasks that
I enjoyed more, neglecting new challenges
and the patience needed to develop skills
within them. This is relevant academically
as confidence is built on efficiently tackling
familiar tasks and concepts rather than being
stagnant. Essay writing, answering tutorials,
making notes on lectures all require different
mind-sets and skills and shifting between
these prepare us for the challenges in the real
world.
It is easy to fall behind during the most
critical Autumn term and this can lead
to a tough second half of the year. I've
participated in the KCL Diwali show for
the past 3 years, once appearing in two acts.
Rehearsals can be taxing and even the most
organised schedule can be hard to follow.
Improvements regarding time management I
made this year began with outlining my aims
for the term enabled me to prioritise my days
and schedule appropriately.
I set out mini-goals for busier days in order
to keep on top of work. Revision sessions with
friends, helped immensely and I discovered
that revising on the tube could make a long
commute quite productive. After clinical
sessions, I aimed to complete my work
immediately after, heading to rehearsals
content with the work I had done, turning a
potentially tiring activity to an enjoyable one.
I felt I was getting the bulk of my work
done, spending less time evaluating my

progress and delaying reflection.
This would not have been possible without
minimising distractions by being clear about
my availability with friends and family.
Reflecting back, I miss balancing rehearsals
and university hours as I feel it strengthened
by work ethic in dentistry. This proved to
me that if done properly, additional positive
activity can enhance main priorities rather
than be detrimental.
Based on my personal experiences,
effective time management is the best way
to minimise stress as a dental student. It is
worth finding a system that works for you,
affording time to valuable extra-circular
activities, making you a more 'well-rounded'
person. The effects of time management on
academic performance is hard to analyse but
can have a significant effect on the quality of
your professional lives beyond dental school,
highlighting its importance. ■

Shri Academy of Dance dancers at a flashmob in Covent
Garden. Amongst the crew at dental students Sahil
Sharma, Ameena Khurshid, Hemel Mandalia, Sherin
Rashad, Yihan Miao and Kishan Sheth
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Industry News
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What's on Dentaltown
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BACD: Rise of Cosmetic Dentistry
3-D Printing
Google: Leading Cause of Truth Decay
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Time Out
Probing Report
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Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Craniomandibular, Craniofacial and Craniocervical Disorders
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