Time Management - Northern Michigan University by hcj


Concepts to Help You Manage Your Schedule
              •   Use a planner. Or use your cell or iPod calendar

              •   Put aside time for studying. Really. Schedule time
                  for studying.

An Overview   •   Assume to have 2 to 3 hours of studying for hour
                  you spend in class.
                   –   This may not be the case for every class, but is a good

              •   Build a routine, find a time that works for you and
                  try not to change it.
                   –   If you make studying a regular habit it will no longer
                       seem as a chore.
                   –   Location is important, too.

              •   Use small pieces of time.
                   –   Not all studying has to be done in hour long blocks.
                       Even just fifteen or twenty minutes of focused
                       studying can be very helpful.
                   –   Consider this…what do you ever do for four hours
                   –   Shorter, focused, quality studying is better than
                       lengthy, poor quality studying.

              •   Do not procrastinate.
                   –   Deadlines can approach very quickly. Once you fall
                       behind, it generally takes more work to catch up than
                       originally studying would have required.
          Simple Scheduling Exercise
                                      Try to keep a DAILY schedule.
                                      •     Should be similar to a “to do” list.
                                      •     Assign priorities to each activity and
                                            then make sure that you finish your
                                            most important items.
Directions:                           •     Make sure to continue to add to it
                                            as new items come up.
Spend some time plotting your day,
then your week, then your semester.
                                      MONTHLY Schedule
The goal is to obtain a better        •  Spread large tasks over
understanding of how day-to-day          multiple study periods.
activities relate to semester         •  Read 10 pages a night for a
accomplishments, and vice versa.         week instead of 70 pages all at
                                      •  You can visualize when your
Use that understanding to PLAN           busiest times will be, and plan
MANAGE your time.                        accordingly.
With a little panning, you CAN find
time to get everything done!          SEMESTER Schedule
                                      •   Mark down tests and quizzes.
                                      •   All this information should be on
                                          COURSE syllabi.
                                      •   Plot out what weeks will be the most
                                      •   Semester or Holiday Breaks?
                                      •   Refer to this schedule if you are
                                          having difficulty prioritizing tasks.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Time
• Start projects as soon as they are
    – You should try to start large
      assignments as soon as possible so you
      do not have to rush through them as
      the due date approaches.
    – This approach will be less stressful
      because it will allow you the time to
      complete the work to the best of your

• Divide a large task into smaller,
  manageable “chunks”.
    – Working a half hour a day on a project
      for eight days is easier than trying to
      do it all in a four hour block.
     Getting the Most Out of Your Time
• You should attend all your classes.
    – Listening to lectures from a real
      person is more helpful than simply
      reading information from the text.
    – Remember, you are paying for
      lecture time…get what you pay for!

• Use your time wisely.
    – Try to use breaks in your schedule to
      accomplish tasks (errands, review
      notes, relax).
    – Make sure you set aside enough
      time to finish schoolwork and other
    – Consider your workload…is working
      25 hours a week and taking 16
      credits reasonable?
    – What is the best use of your time?
    – What is a poor use of your time?
How to Find Even More Time
         •   Examine your preferences and priorities.
              –    What you want to do versus what you need to do.
              –    You want to achieve a manageable balance between the two.

         •   Do not let social activities cut into your class work time.
              –    While having a life outside of classes is important, remember that
                   activities are the secondary reason you attend college.

         •   If you have trouble finding time to study it might be because you
             have over-extended yourself.
              –     Too many extra-curricular activities.? It might be best to limit the
                   time spent in clubs and groups if you truly cannot find time to study.
              –    If possible, take a week off from such activities and see if your newly
                   opened schedule gives you time to study.

         •   You can also decrease work hours during finals, midterms or
             other high stress times.

         •   How about a Sunday evening “prep” session?
              –    What does your week look like?
              –    Can you prepare something now to save time later in the week?

         •   Also consider shorter breaks.
              –    Would coming back from Spring Break a couple days early help you?
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Procrastination
•   Start assignments NOW.

•   Go to class TODAY…and tomorrow.

•   Don’t wait until “later”. What if
    something else is happening “later”?

•   Organize projects into simple tasks.
     – Do the harder tasks first while your
       motivation is high.
     – Easier tasks take less time and energy!

•   Set a deadline for yourself…stick to it.
     – Be specific. “Next week” isn’t good
     – Recruit your friends/family. They’ll ask
       you about progress.
Resources To Get You Started

       • Weekly Scheduling Grid
           – Take an honest look at how you spend your time.
           – Don’t forget to add Facebook and Xbox time.

       • “HOW TO” create your Microsoft Outlook calendar.
           – Use your laptop to keep you on task.

       • Sample week schedule
           – How does yours compare?
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