Time Management

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

Looking for something short and sweet? Scroll down for some quick tips for time management.

Are you a graduate student? Try our Managing your time at graduate school module, or read our quick tips for graduate students below.

Looking for the weekly and study schedule templates? Check out Schedule Templates below to learn more about the process, or download the templates as PDFs here:

Weekly Schedule (fillable PDF) | Term Calendar

Modules and resources: Effective time management

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 weekly schedule. Include classes, homework, eating, exercise, sleeping, socializing, clubs, down time. Each week has 168 hours. See our weekly schedule template.
  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 try 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, action-oriented, 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 that feels like an office or designated work space. Turn off technology which is not related to your work.

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