Knowing your goals is the key to time management.
Successful Goal Setting n Is it achievable? n Is it realistic? n Is it specific and measureable? n Do you want to do it? n Are you motivated to achieve it? n Does the goal match your values? n What steps will you take to begin? n When will you finish this goal?
What goals would you like to accomplish in the next year? n Consider these goals: n Education n Work n Leisure n Family n Social
Highlight your best ideas. Share with the class one of your most important ideas from this question. Highlight your best ideas. Share with the class one of your most important ideas from this question.
Turn Your Dreams Into Reality n Dream or visualize n Convert the dream into goals n Convert your goals into tasks n Convert your tasks into steps n Take your first step and then the next
Activity: Make a quick list of what you have done today and what you plan to do until you go to bed tonight.
Priorities are the key to effective time management. What are priorities?
Prioritize your list Related to Lifetime Goals Important--Have to Do Could Postpone
Beware: C Fever n The tendency to do C activities first n They are easier n We can see the results n Doesnt take too much effort or creativity n Little thought required
Work Your As Off n Make sure to accomplish what is most important n Work toward your lifetime goals
Balancing Work and Study Time n You need 2 hours of study time for each hour in class. n Research on college success has shown that you should work no more than 20 hours a week to be successful in college. n Working 20 hours a week provides valuable work experience.
Full Time College Schedule 15 Hours Attending Class 30 Hours in Reading and Studying 45 Hours Total This is like having a full time job.
College and Work Schedule 12 Hours Attending Class 24 Hours of Reading and Studying 20 Hours Work 56 Hours Total This is like having a full time job and a part time job.
The Impossible Schedule 12 Hours Attending Class 24 Hours Reading and Studying 40 Hours Work 76 Hours Total This is like having two full time jobs!
Part Time Student Schedule 6 Hours Attending Class 12 Hours Reading and Studying 40 Hours Work 58 Hours Total
Schedule Your Success n Create a Master Schedule n Class Times n Work Time n Scheduled Activities
Tips for Scheduling n Write in study times on your Master Schedule n Use the daylight hours for studying n Use your prime time for important tasks n Allow time for sleep and meals n Use priorities n Leave some unscheduled time for the unexpected n Leave time for recreation
Benefits of Using a Schedule n Gets you started n Helps avoid procrastination n Relieves pressure n Frees the mind of details n Helps find time to study n Helps avoid panic n Find time for recreation and exercise
Types of Schedules n Weekly n Daily n Monthly n Yearly
Dislike schedules? n Use a To Do List with priorities n Use a calendar to write important due dates n Lakeins Question: What is the best use of my time right now? n Reminders and sticky notes n Other ideas?
TO DO List 1. Batteries for watch B 2. Grocery store A 3. Dr. appointment 4. Clean house A 5. Dinner with family B 6. Gas in car A 7. Prepare for class 8. Balance checkbook 9. Watch TV 10. Wash car
Assignment: Monitor your time for a week. Turn it in next Tuesday along with analysis sheet.
Avoiding Procrastination n Select a goal n Visualize your progress n Be careful not to sabotage yourself n Stick to a time limit n Dont wait until you feel like it n Follow through n Reward yourself
Avoiding Procrastination n Re-evaluate your goals if you are procrastinating. n Are they dreams or goals? n Are your goals realistic? n Are your goals achievable? n And remember, you do not have to be perfect.
The Gift of Thrift Amy Dacyczyn Author of Tightwad Gazette
Her Goals Lots of children A large new England farm house Stay at home with children Live on one income
Ways to Save Money n Major grocery shopping once a month n Shop at garage sales for childrens clothes n Cook at home n Has her own garden
With her husbands salary of $30,000, she was able to save $49,000 for a down payment on a New England farmhouse plus paid cash for $38,000 worth of car, appliance and furniture purchases in about 7 years.
She now published the Tightwad Gazette and earns one million dollars a year at $12 per subscription!
As a college student, how can you spend your money wisely and begin a savings habit?
Group Exercise: The College Student Tightwad Gazette
How to Apply for a Scholarship n Research n The College Success Web Site n Library n Scholarship Office
How to Apply for a Scholarship n Establish a scholarship file n 3 letters of recommendation n Statement of personal goals n Statement of financial need n Copies of your transcripts n Copies of other scholarship applications
Best Ideas for Financial Security n Use a budget n Have a financial plan n Save 10% of your income n Dont take on too much debt. Beware of credit cards. n Learn about investments. n Dont procrastinate. The earlier you take these steps the better.