Time management is making the best use of your time. By budgeting your time you will be more productive, meet deadlines, and be more in control. In addition, you will feel a sense of satisfaction in your accomplishments.
Stand back and take a look at your goals and priorities. Write down your goals and post them in a visible location. Create a written time management plan to provide you with an overview of how you are spending your time and how you can organize your time to reach your goals.
Time Management Plan
Monitor Your Time
- Discover exactly how you are spending your time and what is important to you by keeping a diary of your daily activities for one week.
- Write these activities down on a Weekly Time Management Plan.
Create a Weekly Time Management Plan
- After monitoring your time and keeping your goals and priorities in mind, fill in a new Weekly Time Management Plan with your commitments that have fixed hours, i.e. scheduled class times, family obligations, work schedule, meal times, appointments, commuting time, etc.
- Assign your best estimate of the amount of time required for each activity.
- The remaining open times on your schedule are available for studying (as a rule of thumb allow 2-3 hours of homework for each hour spent in class), relaxation, social events, chores, etc.
- Post the Weekly Time Management Plan in a visible location.
Create A To-Do List
- List all the tasks that you want to complete.
- Use a small notebook to keep the informationin an organized manner.
- Prioritize the list, noting tasks that must be done immediately, should be done soon, and tasks that you want to complete but can be postponed to a future date. The tasks that can be postponed to a future date can be written on your Long-Term Calendar.
- Cross off tasks as they completed.
- Listing your tasks on paper frees up your mind.
Create a Long-Term Calendar
- Using the course syllabus from each of your classes list the dates for examinations, pre-registration for classes, field trips, and due dates for class projects and term papers.
- Divide and conquer class projects and term papers. Divide them into tasks and list the dates you will be working on these tasks on your Long-Term Calendar, i.e. brainstorming a topic, meeting with your professor, working in the library to collect research information, reading the information, writing the first draft, making charts and graphs, revising the final draft.
- List the activities from your To-Do List that you wish to accomplish at a future date.
- Post the Long-Term Calendar in a visible location.