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1 TIME MANAGEMENT “The management of time is the number one skill to master in college” -Walk Pauk Academic Support A Division of the Office of Undergraduate Studies 1

2 Not Enough Time? Most people would agree there is not enough time in the day to get everything done Some people are more efficient at managing their time When you start taking time out of the day for the necessary things, time can become scarce 2 “The management of time is the number one skill to master in college” -Walk Pauk

3 HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE? 3 The management of time is the number one skill to master in college” -Walk Pauk

4 How do you spend your time? The first step to time management is to find out how you really spend your time Many people have a false idea of how well they manage their time Start by making a list of what you actually do in a day You could be surprised at how much wasted time you have 4 The management of time is the number one skill to master in college” -Walk Pauk

5 After you have found out how you really spend your time, create a plan What time periods are wasted? How could those times be used more efficiently? Come up with a specific plan to utilize as much time as possible Maximize wasted time. Write it Down. Don’t rely on your ability to remember and do. Groupwise Calendar 5

6 Thinking about time “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors 6

7 Planners Planners are a great way to manage your time Types of Planners Monthly Planners allow you to see what is coming up and to plan for upcoming events Weekly Planners help put the week in perspective, and to know how much time will be there each day Daily Planners are great to help effectively plan each hour. What kind of planner is right for you? 8 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

8 Monthly and Weekly Planners Monthly Planners help with scheduling events and to know when major papers and tests are coming up Make sure to turn the page and review the next month so things do not sneak up on you Weekly Planners give a basic outline of the week These planners are great to start out with 9 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

9 Daily Planners/To-do Lists Daily planners can be as simple as a to-do list or as complex as an hour-by-hour plan Planners make it easy to see what is coming up in the day and set your priorities Make a to-do list everyday in the morning, or one large a week. Add or delete things as they come up or are completed 10 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

10 Groupwise Calendar 11

11 Notice there is a very clear color scheme. Matters of great importan- ce are indicated 12

12 Different calendars have different colors Can easily change view. See when things are due. Can Visualize where time is being spent. 13

13 14 Groupwise Calendar

14 What to Record When Making a Schedule A preview time immediately before each class A review time immediately after your classes Groupwise Calendar 15

15 What to Record When Making a Schedule continued… Class and lab times All regularly scheduled personal activities Your intensive study periods for each class A weekly review Time for daily physical activity Schedule open space for unexpected events. Downtime 16 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

16 Priorities There are three levels of priorities Level one: The most important things (attending class, paper due tomorrow, etc.) Level two: The routine things (exercising, school organizations, etc.) Level three: The things that could be rescheduled without much sacrifice (visit with a friend, shopping, etc.) Notice: Priority Levels are indicated 17

17 Be Flexible You must be able to accept change and make everything work There are day-to-day changes in your priorities A test gets closer, studying moves from a level two priority to a level one priority Life changes are more serious and may require assistance These can be events such as an illness 18 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

18 Make Time for Class In general it takes two hours of study time for every hour of class to know the material School is your full time job If you have 15 class hours, expect to be working on class and study time for 45 hours a week Sometimes you have to say “no” to what you want in order to get everything done 19 “Watches are so named as a reminder. If you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” -Drew Sirtors

19 Studying Without Wasting Time “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” -William Shakespeare 21

20 Studying Without Wasting Time Study when you are most alert so that you will remember what you study Avoid studying for long amounts of time Take minute breaks every 1-2 hours of studying Auburn Creed example Avoid cramming the night before “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” -William Shakespeare 22

21 Studying Without Wasting Time Use the time in between classes to review Study the hard subjects first Make sure you have time to eat properly and sleep “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” -William Shakespeare 23

22 Using Biology to make the most of your time “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” -Chinese Proverb 25

23 Circadian Rhythms Circadian rhythms are the body’s pattern of wakefulness and sleep Most people are awake more in the morning and evening Use these times to study and get things done Use the afternoon to run errands, exercise, write papers, and work 26 “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb

24 Use Circadian Rhythms Stick to a schedule Read in the morning (around 9:00) and review in the afternoon (around 3:00) Do all creative work and problem solving in the morning 27 “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb

25 Maintain Circadian Rhythms Try not to sleep in on the weekends This will mess up your Circadian rhythm and cause you to be drowsy in the morning throwing off your routine Take short naps in the afternoon if you are tired to avoid sleeping in 28 “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb

26 Procrastination “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” -J.K. Rowling 30

27 Procrastination According to the OED Procrastination is the action or habit of postponing or putting something off; delay, dilatoriness It is one of the worst ways to waste time. 31 “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” -J.K. Rowling

28 Why do people procrastinate? Lack self-confidence Low frustration tolerance A way of rebellion 32 “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” -J.K. Rowling

29 Potentially Difficult Situation Self-Beliefs (I can’t) Feelings (anxiety, fear, anger) Behavior (procrastination) 33

30 How to stop Set clear goals Have timelines Recognize the cycle of procrastination and remove yourself before it becomes a problem Manage your time well and you will be less likely to procrastinate! 34 “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” -J.K. Rowling

31 Goals “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein 36

32 Goals An important part of time management is setting goals Make goals attainable, be realistic. Set goals to keep yourself motivated 37 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

33 Be Proactive, Not Reactive Go out and make your life the way you want it to be Plan what you are going to do Plan for the unexpected Do not wait for opportunities to come your way 38 “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb

34 GOOD GOALS ARE… 39 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

35 Written First thing, write out your goals. You are more likely to accomplish something that is written down in front of you. Seeing your goal every day is compelling for completion 40 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

36 Specific and Rational Goals have to be specific There need to be small goals to achieving the big goal Small goals along the way to achieving the big goal Make your goals something you want not an impulsive whim. 41 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

37 Simple and Significant Only one big goal at a time Having more than one goal at a time reduces the amount of time spent working toward each goal Having more than one goal at a time makes the goals overwhelming 42 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

38 Strategic & Measurable Try to make goals that have more than one effect Improving time management helps you live a more organized life, study more, improve grades, improve your overall wellbeing Need to be able to see improvement. If progress is more likely to abandon goal. 43 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

39 Measurable You should make goals so that you can see a difference along the way If you cannot see that there is a difference along the way you are more likely to give up before reaching the goal 44 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein

40 Goal: Raise your GPA Be specific: determine a reasonable semester GPA that will raise your total GPA What grade do you want in each class (be reasonable) Look at the assignments and determine the grade you need on each of them to get that grade 45 “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." -Ben Stein


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