College can be quite demanding. Time management is the most fundamental organizational skill you will need to succeed in college.
When you were younger, someone else made this happen. For instance, your parents may have kept your important records organized and in a safe place, made doctor appointments or reminded you of upcoming deadlines. Now, it is up to you.
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Tools and Strategies
Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to get a lot done? Do you ever wish you were able to get more accomplished in your day, week or year? If so, you may want to take inventory of the time management strategies that you currently use. Are they effective?
Here are some time management tips, tools and strategies that may help you be a better manager of your time.
Plan and Prioritize
- Identify your long-term and short term goals and place them in order of priority.
- In order to accomplish your goals, planning can help you identify and prioritize, so that you can work on them in a strategic way. While planning does take time and effort, the result of planning may in fact save you time in the long run.
- In order to make a schedule you first need to find out where your time actually goes. If you complete the time management calculator, you will have a better idea of how you are spending your time. Remember, it doesn’t track all activities during the week.
- To get a more specific idea of where your time is going, complete the “Weekly Planner” and log exactly where your time is going for one week. You may be surprised to discover you surfed the web for an hour or that you spent 2 hours on social media.
- At the beginning of the semester make a semester calendar, including large assignments, projects, scheduled tests and quizzes.
- From the information you placed on the semester calendar, make a weekly list. This is your opportunity to use your strategic planning skills to break down big assignments, projects, reading assignments into do-able parts. Figure out how many hours you plan on study. Most colleges recommend students plan on 2-3 hours of studying for each hour a student is enrolled. So, if you are enrolled in 15 credit hours, you will need approximately 30 hours of study time a week outside of the classroom.
- From the weekly list, you are now ready to make a daily to-do list. This is where you list items you need to complete that may or may not be school related.
- Once you schedule items on your weekly and daily list, rate each item in order of importance. When deciding what goes on the list, consider these questions:
- What I should do vs. what I want to do?
- What is valuable vs. what is urgent?