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Life Skills - Time Management

Seven Suggestions for Effectively Managing Your Time

1. Start with an Appointment Calendar.

2. Plan Ahead

  • Determine how long your tasks will take. (do this before agreeing to take on a task!)

  • Determine if big tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks that may be easier to schedule.

3. Prioritize Your Tasks

  • Use an #1-2-3 rating system for items on your "to do" lists with #1 items being highest priority.

  • Create a time frame to complete short and long-term projects.

  • Look at your "to do lists" to gauge the time requirement and whether additional resources will be needed to accomplish them (if yes, schedule time to obtain those resources).

  • Don't postpone the small tasks. Compeleting a small task is good and offers a sense of accomplishment.

4. Avoid Overload

Know your strengths and limitations. Everyone works at a different pace. Be careful of overloads. You must keep your sanity

  • Include time for rest, relaxation, sleep, eating, exercise, and socializing in your schedule.

  • Take short breaks during study and work periods.

  • Don't put everything off until the last minute (for example, don't cram for exams).

  • Learn to say "no" when appropriate and attempt to negotiate suitable deadlines when applicable.

6. Be Able to be Flexible

  • The unexpected happens (sickness, car troubles, etc.); you need the ability to fit any complications into your schedule.

  • Know how to rearrange your schedule when necessary (so it doesn't manage you - you manage it).

  • Make a list of those who can assist you when problems arise. Make sure their phone numbers and email addresses are readily available.

7. Have a Vision (why are you doing all of this?)

  • Don't forget the "big picture" - why are you doing the task - is it important to your long-term personal goals?

  • Be a model student! (be attentive and participative in class, and punctual, prepared, and eager to learn)

We suggest you now Create a Personal Mission Statement.