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.