2Time Management What we’ll be covering: advantages to good time managementassess your time management skillscreate your ultimate schedulemaking to-do lists
3Time Management Why is time management important? one of the most important skills for college students in being able to accomplish your goals depends, in part, on your ability to make the most efficient use of the time that you have good time management skills can actually save you time
4In class assignment: Assess your time management skills Complete the ‘Are You Using Your Time Wisely’ assessmentCheck to see what your answers to the assessment should be.
5Time Management Tips Monitor your time If you feel like you don’t have enough time, spend a few days monitoring your time to see exactly how it is spent.
7Steps to making to-do lists Write a list of activities that you want or need to accomplish todayRemember to prioritize and list the most important tasks firstCheck to see if there are any activities that you can accomplish at the same time
8Steps to making to-do lists Write down how long you anticipate it will take you to get the task doneWrite down when you will start each activity
9Making to-do lists: Know your options Use a plannera planner can be an effective and easy way to help you organize your timelook at a number of different kinds of planners before you select one- some will help you more than otherschoose one that is easy to carry with youcommit to checking/updating it dailytry to include your daily to-do list in your planner
10Practice making a to-do list Think of the things that you would like to accomplish for tomorrowUse the steps we discussed as a guide in creating your list
11Time Management Tips Use a planner a planner can be an effective and easy way to help you organize your timelook at a number of different kinds of planners before you select one- some will help you more than otherschoose one that is easy to carry with youcommit to checking/updating it dailytry to include your daily to-do list in your plan
13Make a long-term calendar write in important dates like exams and due datespost it where you can see it, like by the phone or on the refrigerator
14Time Management Tips be flexible Always leave some free-time for some last-minute additions
15Time Management Tips Avoid marathon study sessions a couple of hours each day will help you to remember more than eight hours at oncescheduling study time will help you to avoid procrastination and reduce stressschedule study time over 5-7 days instead of packing it all into one or two days
16Time Management Tips Use waiting time Waiting time is any time you spend between meetings, classes, events, etc.
17How to effectively use ‘wait time’ One of the best ways to get more out of your day is to use ‘waiting’ timeCreate a list of 5 things that you can do in 10 minutesCreate a list of 5 things that you can do in 20 minutes
18Time Management Tips Learn to say ‘no’ Examples of good ways to say “no”Instead of: “I really should study”, say “You caught me in the middle of something important, I’ll call you later.”“I can’t go the movies tonight, but I can go on Saturday.”“Before I say yes, let me check my planner and get back to you.”
19Understanding procrastination When do you procrastinate?low interest or motivationlarge tasksWhat happens when you procrastinateincrease stresspoorer performance
20Reducing procrastination Break tasks into smaller, more manageable tasksfor example, writing a paper can be broken down into getting references, reading reference, writing an outline, creating a rough draft and completing the final copyWhen given an assignment, do some work on it right awaySpend some time studying each dayReward yourself along the way
21The Ultimate Schedule First, block off time for your FIXED activities classworkmeetings
22The Ultimate ScheduleSecond, block off time for your RITUAL activitiesmealstravel/commutesleepgrooming
23The Ultimate ScheduleThird, block off time for your PRIORITY activitiesstudyingtry to schedule 2 hours of study time for each hour spent in classexercising
24The Ultimate ScheduleYour FREE time is the time that remains, use it for:watching televisionshoppingSocializing
25SummaryAs time management skills develop, your stress and anxiety levels will go down and productivity will go up Time management tools which include day planners, to-do lists, weekly and long-term calendars will increase organization and help eliminate procrastination
26Apply what you’ve learned Using the steps for creating the Ultimate Schedule, design your ultimate scheduleUniversity Learning Center University of Arizona