Time Management Techniques
Quite often the most time consuming activity in a student's week can be the time spent deciding which assignment or responsibility to attend to first. A student who has five classes to study for may spend a great deal of time thinking about which classes deserve priority. In order to help plan\ time efficiently from the beginning of the semester, try to follow the steps outlined below.
- Determine which weekly hours are already spoken for. Consider the following categories:
- Class Time: How many unit hours are you taking?
- Study Time: Three hours of study time should be set aside for every hour of class time. This duration is hypothetical and may not apply to every class; some classes may require more study time and others less. Actual study time for each class will be determined in practice.
- Job Time: How many hours per week do you work?
- Transit Time: How many hours per week do you spend getting to and from school, work, and other activities?
- Sleep Time: Don't scrimp here; lack of sleep can throw the rest of your schedule off
- Meal Time: This includes preparation, consumption, and relaxation
- Chore Time: This includes household duties, laundry, shopping, etc.
- Leisure Time: This includes friends dropping over unexpectedly, sports, party time, recovery time, and any time that does not fall into any of the above categories
- Consider time limits: there are 168 hours in a week
- Fill these times into a weekly schedule
- Note specific tasks and classes
- Avoid general categories.
- For a week following the first design of a schedule, keep an accurate count of the time actually spent in each category, noting actual time spent studying for each class, etc.
- Develop an accurate and realistic schedule that integrates all findings
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