Time management is the most crucial part of UPPSC preparation. Making wise use of it will enable you to manage your studies and counter any stress or pressure that you might encounter during the course of this preparation. It comprises of the following steps:
Ideal preparation period is 11-12 months. So plan accordingly. If you have lesser number of months available. It is suggested that daily hours that you devote is stretched to 8 hrs of study.
Make a list and gather your sources. Try to keep them limited i.e instead of randomly picking up books and material. Be clear of books you wish to refer and Current Affairs material website or notes you wish to follow.
EXAMPLE: Your target can look like the following.
The above given schedule is an example and may vary from person to person. But it is essential to give time to all aspects of preparation. Time meant for relaxation should not be overspent on internet surfing or chatting on whatsapp. But instead do things that really soothe you and relax your mind.
This will enable you to monitor your progress and make amendments whenever necessary. One of the foremost things to remember is to keep your schedule flexible. If during any unexpected event you are unable to follow your schedule, give yourself the space to do so. But always come back to the schedule. Also, when a schedule is not working for you rework on it.
Do not try to compensate your stress with more books. More material can confuse you in the long run and reduce efficiency. Maintain the simplicity of your preparation.
Avoid Distractions: Importance of meaningful breaks has already been discussed. But it is important to distinguish them from distractions which eat away your productive time. Breaks are taken at you own will when required, while distractions may come in the form of social media notifications or a family gathering. Thus use your own discretion and pick and chose as per your own will.
Verifying, please be patient.