- To be able to have
control over your life - manage your time,
don't let it manage you!
- To be healthier and
happier (less stress).
Seven Suggestions for Effectively Managing Your
- Use time saving
tools: appointment calendars, "to do" lists,
e-mail, answering machines, file folders,
- Have an organized
workplace (don't waste time constantly
looking for your work).
- Use your appointment
calendar for everything, including listing
- Use "to do" lists for
both long-term and for each day/week.
(Schedule it and it will happen!)
- Determine how long
your tasks will take (do this before
agreeing to take on a task!)
- Consider whether any
activities can be combined.
- Determine if big
tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks
that may be easier to schedule (such as
studying for exams and visiting the library
as part of an assignment to write a term
- Use an A-B-C rating
system for items on your "to do" lists with
A items being highest priority.
- Set goals for both
the short term and long term as to what you
want to accomplish.
- Look at all of your
"to do"s to gauge the time requirement and
whether additional resources will be needed
to accomplish them (if yes, schedule time to
obtain those resources). Don't postpone the
small tasks (a sense of accomplishment is
good and overlooked small tasks can become
- Include time for
rest, relaxation, sleep, eating, exercise,
and socializing in your schedule.
- Take short breaks
during study and work periods.
- Don't put everything
off until the last minute (for example,
don't cram for exams).
- Learn to say "no"
when appropriate and to negotiate better
deadlines when appropriate.
Effective Study Techniques
- Have an appropriate
- Split large tasks
into more manageable tasks.
- Read for
comprehension, rather than just to get to
the end of the chapter.
- Be prepared to ask
questions as they come up during study,
rather than waiting until just before an
- Do the most difficult
work first, perhaps breaking it up with some
- Don't wait until the
last minute to complete your projects.
- Read the syllabus as
soon as you get it and note all due dates
(and "milestone" times) on your calendar.
- Be a model student!
(be attentive and participative in class,
and punctual, prepared, and eager to learn)
Be Able to be
- The unexpected
happens (sickness, car troubles, etc.); you
need to be able to fit it into your
- Know how to rearrange
your schedule when necessary (so it doesn't
manage you - you manage it).
- Know who to ask for
help when needed.
Have a Vision
(why are you doing all of this?)
- Don't forget the "big
picture" - why are you doing the task - is
it important to your long-term personal
- Have and follow a
personal mission statement (personal and
career). (Are your activities ultimately
helping you achieve your goals?)
- Know what is
important to you. (What do you value most?)
- Have a positive