Let us provide you with somerealistic tips andtools to help you make the most of your time! You’ll walk away with: • a plan for change • 5 tips with strategies • a better understanding of your time management habits and how they can be altered.
Let’s We all struggle withreal be managing our time and istic NO system is fool proof. … As university students we don’t have the time to implement the often complicated advice of “experts.” So what are some tips we can use to change our habits and make our lives easier?
Tip 1: Visualizesuccess. Imagine someone who is really great at time management. What are they doing? How do they use their time? What personal qualities do you think are important to good time management?
Tip 2: Deal WithProcrastinationSome examples of how students procrastinate: Wasted time online Promises to work for an hour – but no follow through Being in an environment full of distractions
So how do we get around this?Almost nobody can avoid procrastination entirely but we can lessen how much we procrastinate. Here are some helpful tips to consider: Turn off your cell phone. Everyone will still be there when you turn it back on. If you can, disconnect your internet (unless you need it for study). Choose a quiet environment where distractions are limited and don’t study for too long- one hour of focused studying/work is better than 5 hours of strained, unfocused effort.
Tip 3: Get Organized! Some examples of disorganization: Don’t remember due dates- didn’t write them down. Leaving big assignments to the last minute. No consistent way to keep track of assignments details, ideas, resources. Getting organized in a way that makes sense to you is the first step to relieving some stress!
Writing Things Down/Organizing Find a calendar, any calendar or organizer will do (digital or paper). This will be your master list. Carryaround a small notebook, scrap of paper or a notes app for your phone. Throughout your day, note down little reminders, ideas, resources that you come across. An example would be: “History Paper dueSept. 30th”, “birthday gift for Harry”,Dwight’s party on Saturday night.
But what do I do with all ofthese lists? At the end of the day, take all the things you wrote down and transfer them to your calendar or organizer Writedown when you would like to accomplish the task but don’t go too crazy… don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do too much in one time slot. Spacing things out makes actually doing them much easier. Chunk out the work for big assignments into smaller bits with deadlines for each. Our Assignment Calculator can help with this!
Tip 4: Study smarter – not harder! *Carry a book or an article that you need to read around with you and make use of time between classes to read. *Find a few different quiet study areas around campus and your house *Study alone! Often we so that you can get feel the need to study with away from distractions friends but ask yourself while also not getting “how much studying to I bored of going to the actually get done with same place everyday. friends?”- there is no substitute for quiet, focused study time
Tip 5: Be social! Ha rd, W ork rd! lay Ha P You don’t have to give up your social life to be a good student. Consider the social events and habits that are important for you and add these into your calendar.
Let’s Pause Here… Take a moment to think back on what we’ve talked about so far…Tip 1: Visualize success.Tip 2: Deal with procrastination.Tip 3: Get organizedTip 4: Study smarter, not harder.Tip 5: Be social.
How to Avoid Pulling an All-Nighter*Start early! Don’t make excuses, schedule time every week orevery day if needed, to chip away at larger assignments. 20minutes per day over 2 weeks translates into over 4.5 hours ofsolid work done on an assignment 20mins a day X 7 days X 2 Weeks= ~4.5 Hours!This strategy may not work for you, and that’s ok-experiment! Do you prefer longer work periods over ashort period of time or short periods of work over a longperiod of time?
How to Create a Balanced Schedule: Monday 5pm-6pm- Eat, Relax, Don’t try to do too Vegitate much, and try to schedule schoolwork 6-6:30pm- find sources for for times when you know you’ll have research paper energy. 6:30-7pm- go for a walk, get By setting realistic goals, you set yourself some blood pumping up for success! If you schedule 3 hours of 7-7:30pm- read one article study time, what are 7:30-???- relax, go out with the chances you will actually study for that friends, long?
When you are realistic e al l of !with your goals and N otic e time?efficiently using your tha t fretime, you end up withMORE free time. Gettingstarted is usually thehardest part but onceyou’re past that, youmay find you work forone hour, instead ofonly half an hour… if so,that’s great!
Still feeling unsure? Talk to your professor or TA Talk to a Peer Academic Coach in the Chapman Learning Commons Talk to someone over in Counselling Services in Brock Hall Use the Assignment Calculator under the ‘What We Offer’ tab There are many other great resources listed at the bottom of this page