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TIME MANAGEMENT

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Does your use of time reflect your values? Our modules on managing your time at university are thorough and will help you create a customized plan for yourself with a series of activities, self-reflection and tools. Scroll down for a list of time management modules and resources.

Looking for something short and sweet? Read our quick tips for undergraduate students.

Are you a graduate student? Look at the “Managing your time at graduate school” module, or read our quick tips for graduate students.

Looking for the infamous weekly and study schedule templates? Check out “Schedule Templates” below, or download them as PDFs here:

Download Weekly Schedule Template

 

Download Term Calendar Template

 

Download Exam Study Schedule Template

Quick tips for undergraduate students

  1. Consider school your job. Expect around 50 hours per week spent learning, attending class or completing homework.
  2. Set goals and priorities. Not all assignments are “equal” and some courses will be more important or more difficult for you.
  3. Organize yourself. Keep track of what is due, when and how much it is worth.
  4. Estimate your time realistically. Pay attention to how much work you can do in a certain period of time, and how quickly you actually read that Physics chapter.
  5. Create and revise a study schedule. Include classes, homework, eating, sleeping, exercise, sleeping, socializing, sleeping, clubs, down time. Each week has 168 hours.
  6. Make up a “To Do” list based on your priorities. OR
  7. Keep track of what you accomplish each day, and compare it to your priorities and goals.
  8. Reduce distractions. Work away from your room, and don’t be afraid to turn off your technology when you’re not using it.
  9. Do your school work/job before your relaxation. Reward yourself after a good day of studying.
  10. Seek balance. University offers many great opportunities and experiences, so plan to do something new.

Quick tips for graduate students

  1. Plan before you begin your work. Create a long-term or macro-plan for the entire term which you can update regularly.
  2. Set goals. Make your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited.
  3. Prioritize your goals. Try to accomplish some important but not urgent goals every week. This will keep you out of last minute, crisis mode.
  4. Keep track of your daily accomplishments and compare them to your priorities and goals.
  5. Estimate your time realistically. Don’t expect to get “everything” done in a day. It’s better to have a short ‘to do’ list and complete it than to feel overwhelmed by a long list of tasks.
  6. Create a work schedule which includes enough time for both paid work (e.g. TA/RA jobs) and your own academic work.
  7. Seek balance between your professional and personal life. Overworking is, in the long run, counterproductive if you lose connections with others and time to recreate.
  8. Reduce external distractions. Find a quiet place which feels like an office or designated work space. Turn off technology which is not related to your work.

MODULES AND RESOURCES

Effective Time Management

 

Undergraduate Module

Managing your time as an undergraduate.

Graduate Module

Managing your time in graduate school.

Schedule Templates

Weekly, Term, and Exam templates to help you organize your academic life.

Keeping Track of Time

Time tracking, time management matrix, and task analysis charts.

Course Planning Resources

Course planner and tracking sheet, homework time strategies, end-of-term planner and ‘The Study Plan’

Procrastination Resources

How to get and stay in control of your time.

Goal Setting Resources

Making your goals SMART, improving your planning, building motivation.