Time Management

by Joe Landsberger

  • Developing time management skills is a journey
    that may begin with this Guide, but needs practice and other guidance along the way.One goal is to help yourself become aware of how you use your time as one resource in organizing, prioritizing, and succeeding in your studies in the context of competing activities of friends, work, family, etc.
  • First:  try our exercise in time management

    Strategies on using time:

    • School term/semester overview:  develop, or plan for, blocks of study time

    About 50 minutes? How long does it take for you to become restless?
    Some learners need more frequent breaks for a variety of reasons
    More difficult material may also require more frequent breaks
    Place blocks of time when you are most productive, as morning person or night owl!

  • Strategies on using time:

    • School term/semester overview:  develop, or plan for, blocks of study time

    About 50 minutes? How long does it take for you to become restless?
    Some learners need more frequent breaks for a variety of reasons
    More difficult material may also require more frequent breaks
    Place blocks of time when you are most productive, as morning person or night owl!

  • Schedule weekly reviews and updates
  • Sunday night may be an excellent time to review your calendar
    Be mindful that as deadlines and exams approach, your weekly routine must adapt

             Prioritize assignments

    When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task
    For more difficult courses of study, try to be flexible in your approach to success
    Build in “reaction time” when you can get feedback on assignments before they are due.

  • Achieve “stage one”—get something done
  • Don’t work the details until your assignment concept is fully developed.
    “Perfection is the enemy of good”, especially in the course of beginning an assignment.
    Given that you build in review, roughly draft your idea and proceed from there

  • Postpone tasks or routines that can be put off until school work is finished
  • Eliminate, delegate or delay  non-essential tasks as part of prioritizing.
    Review for a test may be more important than enjoying a sport.
    and playing the game later will be more enjoyable without the pressure of the test.

  • Develop alternative study places
  • free from distractions to maximize concentration

  • Use your “free” time wisely
  • Think of times when you can study “bits” as when walking, riding the bus, etc.

  • Review notes and readings just before class
  • Review lecture material immediately after class
  • (Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review)

     

Try the University of Minnesota’s Assignment Calculator

  • Develop criteria for adjusting your schedule
    to meet both your academic and non-academic needsEffective aids:

    This simple program will help you identify a few items, the reason for doing them, a timeline for getting them done, and then printing this simple list and posting it for reminders.

     

     

  • Daily/weekly planner
  • Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart.
    If you are more visual, sketch out your schedule
    First thing in the morning, check what’s ahead for the day
    always go to sleep knowing you’re prepared for tomorrow

  • Long term planner
  • Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead.
    Long term planners will also serve as a reminder to constructively plan time for yourself

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