Handout: Time Management



Contributed by Whittier Strong, 2015


Be honest with yourself

Look at your life schedule–168 hours a week

     What time is not available to you?

     What time is available to you?

     What is important to you?

Look at your course schedules/syllabi

     What is due when?

     How big are the assignments?

     How can I break big assignments down into small, manageable chunks?

Consider the steps we have looked at in this class–brainstorming, research, rough draft, first draft, revision, final draft.

Look ahead–what is due a week from now? A month from now?


Develop a rhythm

     Consider a weekly schedule

     Learn your reading pace to help schedule reading time


Get rid of distractions

      This means texting, Facebook, Twitter–maybe even internet access!


Admit you need to goof off!

     Does goofing off work better as a reward or as a scheduled event?


Avoid all-nighters

     You don’t get as much done as you hope to

     Your brain isn’t functioning well enough to work effectively

     There are both short-term and long-term negative consequences for your health


Be gracious with yourself

Recognize that it’s going to take awhile to learn how to do this well

     Good habits take time to develop


Accept that you will make mistakes along the way



Work around your imperfections

     Be honest with yourself about what those are

     Determine what you can change and what you cannot


Develop the methods that work best for you

     If you’ve made an honest attempt at something and it’s not working, don’t keep doing it!


Celebrate your successes!



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