Time Management Fys Spring 2008

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Presentation for First-Year Seminar students on principles and importance of time management.

Presentation for First-Year Seminar students on principles and importance of time management.

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  • 1. GRAHAM GARNER FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR SPRING 2008, SECTION 8 Time Management: Managing Your College Schedule Adapted from “Thriving in College & Beyond,” by Joseph B. Cuseo, Viki Sox Fecas, and Aaron Thompson
  • 2. How Do You Spend Your Time?
    • College introduces new factors to your schedule
    • Less mandatory “seat time”
    • Less supervision
    • Four out of five work part-time
    • Time is money – budget it
  • 3. Itemize: What do you need to do, and when?
    • Map out how you spend your time
    • Identify wasted patches of time
    • Think of it like a grocery list
    • Keep an assignment booklet
      • Include all assignments and due dates from all classes
    • Keep a calendar
      • Include your academic calendar, tasks and appointments
      • Keep it in clear view
  • 4. Prioritize: How do you rank importance?
    • Urgency
      • Tasks close to deadline should receive high priority
    • Gravity
      • Tasks with the most “weight” should receive high priority
    • Divide into categories A, B, and C
      • A: Essential, or “must do”
      • B: Important, or “should do”
      • C: Trivial, or “could do”
    • Analysis, Evaluation and Synthesis
  • 5. Develop a Time-Management Plan
    • Long range
      • Identify the deadline dates
    • Mid range
      • Identify intermediate dates to finish particular parts
    • Short range
      • Work backward to determine start dates
    • Include reserve time for the unexpected
    • Include a balance of work and recreation
    • Be flexible
      • It’s your plan – you own it, you run it; it doesn’t own or run you.
  • 6. Dealing with Procrastination
    • 75% of college students say they are procrastinators
    • Myth 1: “I work better under pressure.”
      • Don’t confuse rapidity with quality; creativity takes time.
    • Myth 2: “If I study early, I’ll forget it by test time.”
      • Cramming loses REM sleep, where memory is formed
    • Psychological causes:
      • Fear of failure
      • Perfectionism
      • Fear of success
      • Indecisiveness
  • 7. Combating Procrastination
    • Make the work meaningful
      • Visualize your goals and connect them to your aspirations
    • Make the work manageable
      • Break larger tasks into smaller pieces
    • Make starting as inviting or appealing as possible
      • Start with the part you find most interesting
    • Adjust your schedule to intercept procrastination
      • Use enjoyable parts as incentive to complete other parts
  • 8. Combating Procrastination
    • Organization matters
      • Have the right materials in the right place at the right time
    • Location matters
      • Choose a place without distractions
      • Distractions come in two major forms: social or media
    • Momentum matters
      • It’s easier to finish a task than restart it
      • “ Closing the deal” can give you a sense of satisfaction