Time Management: Putting Knowledge into Action Learning Strategies for Student Success Kathleen Gallagher, PhD
Objectives  <ul><li>Review  benefits of effective time management & understand challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Understand  ho...
What are the benefits? <ul><li>Increased effectiveness : can be more in control & effective in your life   </li></ul><ul><...
What are the challenges? <ul><li>Fear of change : comfort of chaos may be more appealing than uncertainty of order </li></...
Where does your time go? <ul><li>Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Studying </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise/...
What goals did you set? <ul><li>List 3 goals or objectives that are most important to you, & indicate whether they are lon...
What are your priorities? <ul><li>How much time do you have this week to meet each of your goals ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do yo...
What are your priorities,  continued <ul><li>Can you change or modify your goals?  Any other options? </li></ul><ul><li>Ca...
Plan your week Other  Socializing Hours total Recreation Travel Meals Personal care Family Work Exercise/sports Sleeping S...
Do you have your calendar? <ul><li>Pick up a copy of  BCC’s semester calendar   </li></ul><ul><li>Enter important dates fo...
Become more efficient <ul><li>Consider your studying habits - do you need smaller blocks of study time?  Build them in bet...
Managing problems <ul><li>Problems always arise that can disrupt your schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List  the problem </l...
Pitfalls  <ul><li>Analysis paralysis : spend too much time analyzing list & priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Procrastination :...
Have fun! <ul><li>What are creative ideas you have to manage your time more effectively? </li></ul>
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  • Time Management

    1. 1. Time Management: Putting Knowledge into Action Learning Strategies for Student Success Kathleen Gallagher, PhD
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Review benefits of effective time management & understand challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how your goals affect your time </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how time is used in a day </li></ul><ul><li>Discover ways to be more efficient </li></ul>
    3. 3. What are the benefits? <ul><li>Increased effectiveness : can be more in control & effective in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Performance improvement : helps you perform better in academics and work </li></ul><ul><li>Personal development : personal skill that you can reap benefits of handling your life effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Increased responsibilities : can result in promotions at work and opportunities for leadership on campus </li></ul>
    4. 4. What are the challenges? <ul><li>Fear of change : comfort of chaos may be more appealing than uncertainty of order </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty : don’t know where to start </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time : to save time, one has to invest time, and it may seem that it will take more time than it is worth </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of will power : is change really needed? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where does your time go? <ul><li>Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Studying </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise/sports </li></ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul><ul><li>Family commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Personal care/grooming </li></ul><ul><li>Meals (prep, eat, clean-up) </li></ul><ul><li>Travel (school, work, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation (alone) </li></ul><ul><li>Socializing (with friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
    6. 6. What goals did you set? <ul><li>List 3 goals or objectives that are most important to you, & indicate whether they are long range, medium range, or immediate: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>3. 2. 1. Immediate Medium range Long range
    7. 7. What are your priorities? <ul><li>How much time do you have this week to meet each of your goals ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your goals have priority in your schedule? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you change your commitments to meet your priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>When is your time most flexible, during weekdays or weekends? Can you change one, the other, or both? </li></ul>
    8. 8. What are your priorities, continued <ul><li>Can you change or modify your goals?  Any other options? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you postpone your goals until breaks? </li></ul><ul><li>How do assignments & tests affect your time? What can you change to meet these responsibilities? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Plan your week Other Socializing Hours total Recreation Travel Meals Personal care Family Work Exercise/sports Sleeping Studying Classes Sun Sat Fri Thu Wed Tue Mon Activity
    10. 10. Do you have your calendar? <ul><li>Pick up a copy of  BCC’s semester calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Enter important dates for your classes:   Tests, papers, projects, readings, exams, holidays, breaks, study days, etc . </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Enter important social & family dates </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a daily schedule each week </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Post your schedule in your study area   </li></ul><ul><li>Finalize a schedule each evening for the next day </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Review each day's schedule the next morning </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get lost in details </li></ul>
    11. 11. Become more efficient <ul><li>Consider your studying habits - do you need smaller blocks of study time? Build them in between other activities </li></ul><ul><li>Look at “dead” times - 20 minutes between classes or activities can be used for writing, reading, walking, exercising, or other brief tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Review, review, review - review class notes immediately after class, before the next class, & during studying for exams </li></ul><ul><li>De-clutter your study space - keep it free from clutter, noise, & distractions </li></ul><ul><li>End the email myth - typically, emails benefit the sender not you; hit the delete button </li></ul>
    12. 12. Managing problems <ul><li>Problems always arise that can disrupt your schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify 6-8 aspects of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritize aspects of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate 3-4 least important aspects of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus your energy on the remaining 3-4 most important aspects of the problem </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Pitfalls <ul><li>Analysis paralysis : spend too much time analyzing list & priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Procrastination : putting off til tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Diminishing returns : additional time spent on time management results in less output </li></ul><ul><li>Listing minutiae : listing mundane tasks such as brushing teeth is another time-waster </li></ul><ul><li>Inflexibility : things happen, allow for them </li></ul>
    14. 14. Have fun! <ul><li>What are creative ideas you have to manage your time more effectively? </li></ul>

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