Goals of Time Management
- 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 Time
- Use time saving tools: appointment calendars, “to do” lists, e-mail, answering machines, file folders, etc.
- Have an organized workplace (don’t waste time constantly looking for your work).
- Use your appointment calendar for everything, including listing study time.
- Use “to do” lists for both long-term and for each day/week.
Plan Ahead (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 paper).
Prioritize Your Tasks
- 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 larger tasks.)
- 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.
Practice Effective Study Techniques
- Have an appropriate study environment.