Time Management

Planning your schedule

Through careful use of time and common-sense planning, you can manage your time and make the most of your days.  When you spend a little time to make a schedule, you save a lot of time that you might otherwise waste.

Use a blank weekly calendar to plan your time.

  1. Write "class" in all the time blocks that you spend attending class and labs.
  2. If you have a job, write "work" in the appropriate blocks.
  3. Write "trans." in the time blocks in which you travel.
  4. Block off realistic amounts of time for your meals.
  5. Write "P" in blocks committed to personal, family and household responsibilities.
  6. Block out reasonable amounts of time, especially on weekends, for having fun and relaxing. If fun activities are scheduled, you do your studying ahead of time, and there is no need to feel guilty for not studying.
  7. Include any doctor, dentist, etc., appointments.

The empty time blocks are available for study and for leisure. Consider the following as you decide which subject to study when:

  1. Study difficult subjects first because your mind is fresh and alert when you start studying.
  2. Leave routine and mechanical tasks for last.
  3. Schedule study for a particular course close to the time when you attend the class; spend a few minutes after each lecture reviewing the notes you have taken.
  4. Build into your schedule a short 10 minute break after 50 - 60 minutes of studying.
  5. Set aside a time each week to plan the specific tasks to be done in the next week.