Time Management

Time Management = Self Management

You have control over how you spend your time. A schedule can help you plan to use your time effectively, spending time on the things that are most important to you and staying on top of deadlines.

What Makes A Good Schedule?

Start with a weekly schedule, then make daily to-do lists and revisions. Use the quarter calendar for long-term tasks or goals.

  • Start with your highest priorities.

  • Put in your fixed blocks of time first such as classes and work.

  • Ask "How long do projects take?" then double your time estimates.

  • Use your best time of day for difficult tasks or subjects.

  • Eliminate dead hours. Keep "floating" tasks handy.

  • Include time for errands.

  • Allow for UFOs (unforeseen objects). Give yourself some flexibility.

  • Involve others - communicate and delegate.

  • Avoid too much detail. Don't spend all of your time making a schedule.

  • Make a plan for living, not just for studying.

Include time for exercise, sleep, well-balanced meals and fun!

Fight Procrastination

  1. Make it meaningful. Connect the task to an important goal.

  2. Take it apart - Do it step by step.

  3. Just do five minutes. Start doing something on the task.

  4. Find a reward for yourself when you complete a step.

  5. Recognize escape routes such as television, email, or IM programs.

  6. Ask for help when needed.

  7. Think positively. Tell yourself, "It will feel great to have this job done."

For more information on identifying priorities and goals, see Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, (2004) New York: Simon & Schuster. This book is available in the LWIT Library.