Time Management and Scheduling

Quick Links - PDF Handouts

Instructions, Resources, Tips and Tricks

Identify what is important and focus on that (hint: pay attention to your goals)

Plan for the unexpected. You (or your kids) will get sick. You may get discouraged or over-tired and need to take a day from studying, so plan in advance. It is normal to procrastinate and avoid tasks that are difficulty or scary, but try to minimize this as much as possible.

  • Keep to your study agenda much as possible (consistency helps develop good habits)
  • Make to-do lists (and use them).
    • Break larger projects into smaller, do-able tasks (i.e. read 5 pages rather than read 2 chapters)
    • Review them daily (before going to bed is the best)
    • Identify the "must dos"
    • Keep the daily list short (4-5 items) and include life items (i.e. pick up groceries)
    • Move unfinished items (this happens to everyone) to the next day
    • Re-evaluate your list/items if you are consistently not getting the items finished.
      What do you need to change? Are you listing too many items for a day? Are you underestimating how much time you have or need?
  • Stay current with your reading/reviewing (this will reduce your load as you continue through the term)
    • When you are overwhelmed, take a minute to write everything that you need to down in one list. Then pick one item, start small, and do one thing at a time. It is better to do a number of small items than nothing at all!
  • Be realistic about the time you have in a day. Don't create a long to-do list for a day that involves work and classes.
    • Pay attention to how long each task takes and use that as your guideline (i.e. if it takes you 30 minutes to read 3 paragraphs and take notes, then plan on taking that long going forward). We all learn/work at different speeds. Don't let the fast readers/thinkers throw you off, you will get there too!
    • Study in small chunks (20 to 60 minutes and take short breaks)
  • Be kind to yourself. Replenish yourself by getting enough sleep, taking regular {short) breaks, drinking water, eating regularly, and exercising.