WHAT KIND OF TIME MANAGER ARE YOU?Time management quiz: Do you think about your peak energy time when you plan your studying? Do you make a weekly schedule or “to do” lists? Do you begin working on semester long projects early in the semester? Do you prioritize your goals? Do you study your most difficult subjects first? Do you meet all of your assignment deadlines? Do you prevent social activities from interfering with your study time? Do you work fewer that 10 hours a week? Do you use the time before and after class to study? Do you think that being a full-time student is like having a full-time job?Now Score: Add up one point for each question that you answered “yes”. If you have a high total score (10 is the maximum score possible) then you are using effective time management techniques. If your total score is low, it may be helpful to learn some techniques for using your time more effectively.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TIME Time stays consistent. (You don’t REALLY manage time.) You manage yourself and how you spend your time. The key is how to use your time in a way that helps you reach YOUR GOALS.Q. Ask yourself … What is most important to YOU? What is your goal? Do you spend enough time in activities that help you reach that goal?
168 HOURS IN A WEEK 24 Hours in a day x 7 Days in a week 168 Hours to use in a weekHOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON YOUR IMPORTANT GOALS? How do you spend your 168 hours? You may be surprised at how many hours are used in daily activities. How many hours do you spend sleeping, eating, in class, grooming, at work, driving, working out, relaxing? How much time do you commit to your life goals? Does anything need to be adjusted?
LET’S ADD IT ALL UP…WHEN YOU ADD YOUR TIME UP ARE YOU UNDER THE 168 HOURS? Hours spent: Example Sleeping 56 Eating (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 17 Working 40 Getting ready 7 Travel time 5 In class 9 Studying 18 Exercising 3 Relaxing and having fun (friends, family) 7 Total 162What are you doing with those extra hours?ARE YOU SPENDING ENOUGH TIME ON THE THINGS THAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES (LIKESTUDYING)
TIME NEEDED FOR CLASS Most experts agree that in order to be successful in a college class, you need to 3=6 Credit Hours spend two hours of Hours of Outside study time outside Study class for each hour of classroom time. Being a full time student is much like being a full time 15 + 30 = 45 Credit Hours Total employee! Hours of Outside Hours Study Are you committing enough time?
TIME MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE Use a weekly schedule worksheet and fill in all time commitments. Don’t forget class time, work, eating, grooming, commuting, family time and personal time. What is left for study time?
PLAN YOUR STUDY TIME WISELYAS YOU COMPLETE YOUR SCHEDULE CONSIDER USING THIS RECOMMENDED PLAN FORWHEN TO SCHEDULE YOUR STUDY TIME.o Study Before – Take time before class to look over your syllabus to see what you will be covering in class that day or even better, pre-read the chapter being discussed.o Study During – Be an active learner in class. Pay attention, take good notes, and think about what is being discussed.o Study After – Look back over your notes. Rewrite your notes neatly and in your own words (summarize). Write down any questions you may have for your instructor.o Study Ongoing – Build study time into your schedule each week. Some classes will require more time and some less. Begin by using the rule of 2 hours study for every 1 hour of class time. (Don’t forget to schedule long-term projects!!) When is your best time? Study when you are not tired or distracted. It’s not just about how much time you spend studying. Quality time is best.
SAMPLENOTICE HOW SOME STUDY TIME IS SCHEDULEDBEFORE AND AFTER CLASS! = study time class class class class class class class class class class lab
GETTING THE BIG PICTURE (PLAN AHEAD!) Don’t get overwhelmed by big projects or surprised by busy weeks. Don’t let poor time management result in a poorly written paper or an ineffective study session. Use a Monthly Planner Monthly Planner The GOLDEN Syllabus. During the first week of school take each of your syllabi and record all quiz/test dates, and project deadlines on a monthly planner. Do not ignore the syllabus. It is a valuable tool!
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS1. Study difficult or boring subjects first. Tackle your hardest topic first while you are fresh and more patient with yourself. (Think about how relieved you will feel once it’s finished!)2. Be aware of your best time of day. Everyone is different and have peak energy at different times of the day. When do you feel at your best? Use this time as study time.3. Use your Waiting Time Wisely. Do you have some time between classes, while riding the bus, or while waiting in line? Pick up those flash cards and review!4. Stick to your schedule BUT be flexible Schedules are great but we all know things come up. It’s OK to be flexible with your time when unexpected things happen. Just get back on task as soon as you can.
MORE TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS5. Find a regular study place/routine. Just like exercise, a routine will become a habit and good study habits will lead to success.6. Avoid Distractions. What are your time wasters? Turn off that TV, put down that cell phone. Learn to avoid whatever pulls you from what you need to do.7. Learn to say “no”. If you have a hard time saying “no” to requests from your friends/family here is what you can try. Nicely explain that you can’t do all you could with them before because of your school commitments. Let them know how important school is to you. They love and care about you and will want you to be successful. Do build some time into your schedule for friends and family.8. Schedule some down time Avoid getting over stressed. Make sure that you schedule some time for yourself each week just to relax.
PROCRASTINATION – THE TIME THIEFIf any of the following statements sound likeyou, chances are you are procrastinating. "One more day wont make any difference” "It wont matter if Im a few minutes late” "I cant start on this paper until I know just how I want the first paragraph to read.” "Ill watch just 15 more minutes of TV.“ Fill in the blank:"____________________."
PROCRASTINATION… Everyone puts things off once in awhile but if it becomes a habit then… o Your goals will be doomed to failure. o It is very stressful. o You can become overwhelmed by your to do list.WHY ARE YOU PROCRASTINATING?o I don’t really understand the assignmento I afraid that I will failo The job is so big I don’t know where to begin.o This subject is required but I hate it. I just don’t like spending any time on it.o Fill in the blank:"____________________."
NO MORE PROCRASTINATING… Ask for Help. Sometimes we put off doing something because we don’t know where to begin. DON’T WAIT AROUND BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE ON CAMPUS THAT CAN GIVE YOU ADVICE ON HOW TO GET GOING. For example, if you didn’t start that English paper because you are not sure how to begin, ask your instructor for further guidance or visit the Learning Resource Center and ask someone in the Writing Lab.
NO MORE PROCRASTINATING… Face your fear. Fear of failure is one of the main reasons people procrastinate. Some worry about this so much that they never really try. Do you put off taking a particular class or can’t seem to start studying for your final? Maybe it’s because you are just afraid that you won’t do well. THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO JUST GET GOING AND DO THE BEST JOB YOU POSSIBLY CAN. GET PREPARED. TALK TO PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU. THE BIGGEST FAILURE IS THE FAILURE TO TRY.
NO MORE PROCRASTINATING…Break large goals into smaller ones. We often procrastinate because we don’t know where to begin. The project is so large and there’s so much work to do that we feel overwhelmed and avoid dealing with it until it becomes too late to handle it successfully.When you are faced with a large task,break it down into smaller, manageable tasks.Making this plan you will feel more energized and motivated to completethe project. You’ll begin to see how it can be done.
NO MORE PROCRASTINATING… Successful students see when the due date is for a large assignment and then set deadlines for themselves in their planner to complete different parts of the task in advance.REMEMBER: DON’T OVER-THINKTHE PROJECT. START DOING!Planning is a good idea but too muchplanning and thinking has the oppositeeffect. Just get going. Don’t worry that allthe details are perfect or you are certainyou have everything right. If you arewaiting on a perfect plan, it will neverhappen because, of course, a perfect plandoesn’t exist.
Imagine this scene from Stephen Covey’s book,“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” You meet someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree. “You look exhausted,” you exclaim, “how long have you been at it?” “Over five hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat! This is hard work.” “Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw? I’m sure it would go a lot faster.” “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically, “I’m too busy sawing!” Take time for you and SHARPEN YOUR SAW!
Covey reminds us of the following important aspect oftime management: 1. You need to take care of you. 2. You are the greatest asset you have. According to Covey, that means take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Take the time for self renewal. It will revive and energize you so that you can accomplish all of your goals more efficiently and effectively.
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