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Time Management Tips

  • Work smarter, not harder. Find your most productive time of the day and complete the most difficult or challenging subjects during that time.
  • Just do it. For challenging tasks you tend to procrastinate on, break the task into bite-size pieces.  Fifteen minutes of focused attention can help you tackle those dreaded items on your list.
  • Keep your work with you. Sometimes you come across open time slots unexpectedly. 
  • Don’t waste wait-time. Find ways to put even a few minutes of waiting to good use. For instance, when waiting for your class to begin review your notes from the previous class lecture.
  • Have a system for getting things done. Organization in your home will save time looking for lost or misplaced items. 
  • Multi-task when feasible. Study while waiting for the load of laundry to dry; clean the kitchen while cooking; dust while you are talking on the phone.
  • Don’t over-obligate. Say “no” to committees, groups, social obligations and activities that will be a drain on your time. Keep your long-term goals in mind.  Ask yourself whether this new commitment will help you towards accomplishing your goals.
  • Set specific goals for each study session. For example, you may want to read a chapter in your textbook, complete an assignment or work on a bite-size chunk of a big project during a scheduled study session.
  • Set a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. When unexpected things come up review your daily schedule and place the missed task (study/homework) into a time slot that is a lower priority. For example, you lost 2 hours of study time because your friend had a flat tire. Substitute your study time with the time you planned to watch your favorite TV show. (You can record or stream the show later.)
  • Eliminate interruptions and distractions. Select a study area that is quiet and conducive to learning. Take steps to eliminate distractions including turning off your phone, staying away from social media, checking email or notifications.
  • Avoid time wasters. You know what yours are! Virtually anything can really be a time waster. 
  • Start today. There is no reason to postpone taking steps to being a better self- manager. If you would like to learn more about developing time management skills, you can contact your campus Counseling Office. stak of post-it-notes

Time Management Apps and Resources

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Counseling: Time Management