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Time Management. Using your Time Wisely. Time Management (TM) Myths. TM is just common sense. I make good grades, so I must be using my time effectively. I work better under pressure anyway. Planning my time takes too much work!. How much time do you have?. Hour = 1,440 minutes

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time management

Time Management

Using your Time Wisely

time management tm myths
Time Management (TM) Myths
  • TM is just common sense.
  • I make good grades, so I must be using my time effectively.
  • I work better under pressure anyway.
  • Planning my time takes too much work!
how much time do you have
How much time do you have?
  • Hour = 1,440 minutes
  • Day = 24 hours
  • Week = 168 hours
  • Everyone has the same amount of time each day

A. How are you using your 24 hours?

List the top 5 things you spend your time on.

the 80 20 principle
The 80/20 Principle
  • The average person spends 80% of their time doing 20% of their work.
  • The average person spends 20% of their time doing 80% of their work.
  • Translation: People tend to cram their work into a small amount of time while wasting away lots of other time.
how d o you waste your time
How do you waste your time?
  • Text or talk on the phone?
  • Check your email, Facebook, or Twitter?
  • Watch TV?
  • Play video games?
  • Party?
  • Procrastinate?

B. What can you do to change bad habits?Write down your top “time-waster” and one action you can take to avoid that issue.

evaluate your strategy
Evaluate your Strategy
  • How much “free” time do you have?
  • How are you going to use it?
  • What are your priorities?
  • What are your goals?
  • Do you have a schedule?
  • Do you use a planner?
  • Do you stick to your plans?
  • Are you on time when you need to be?
  • Do you put things off when you shouldn’t?
top priorities
Top Priorities
  • What is most important to you?
  • Are you neglecting your priorities?
  • Does your schedule need to change to reflect your priorities?

Complete the Know Yourself activity now.

go for the goals
Go for the Goals
  • It’s easy to lose your TM way without goals!
  • Goals should be SMART
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic
    • Time Bound
  • Short- and long-term goals are essential!

C. What are you aiming for?

List one short-term and one long-term goal.

master schedule
Master Schedule
  • Consider your values and goals
  • Include concrete commitments (classes, work, weekly appointments, commute)
  • Include study time for each course (1.5 hour sessions)
  • Consider other tasks and how much time they require (usually double what you think)
  • Set your schedule and make it a habit!

D. Write some of your concrete commitments on your Master Schedule now.

List three varyingcommitments on the worksheet.

semester calendar
Semester Calendar
  • Use your syllabi to write in deadlines
  • Can be used to see the “big picture”
  • Help you determine how much time you should commit to each class
  • See busy times vs. slow times
  • Break down large tasks into smaller goals
  • Check off accomplishments
do your to do list daily
Do Your To-Do List Daily!
  • To-do lists help you stay focused
  • Do not include class time
  • Check it throughout the day

Prioritize using ABCs:

A) Vital – do today

B) Important – do soon

C) Optional – do in your extra time

avoid procrastination
AVOID PROCRASTINATION!

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

you procrastinate if you
You procrastinate if you…
  • Ignore a task and hope it goes away.
  • Underestimate the work involved.
  • Overestimate your abilities and resources.
  • Spend endless hours online or playing video games.
  • Deceive yourself into believing that a mediocre or bad performance is acceptable.
  • Substitute a lower-priority task.
  • Believe that minor delays won’t hurt.
what can you do if you are a procrastinator
What can you do if you are a procrastinator?
  • Commit, commit, commit to being on time or early.
  • Set and keep deadlines.
  • Organize, schedule & plan.
  • Divide a big job into smaller ones.
  • Make a game of it! Make it fun!
  • Give yourself a prize when you’re done.
  • Stay accountable to friends or family.
you juggle so much
You juggle so much…

College

Work

Family

Commute

Friends

Rest

Clubs

Exercise

these tips might help
These tips might help!
  • Carefully evaluate your course load each semester.
  • Limit work time to 20 hours or less if possible.
  • Working on campus is much more conducive to your TM.
  • Build in study time between classes.
  • Carpool with classmates. Discuss class while commuting.
  • Audio tape lectures. Listen to them while commuting.
  • Save time for your relationships.
  • Don’t overcommit to clubs, organizations, or work.
  • Schedule plenty of time for rest and play.
  • Review your schedule for the day, every day.
  • Make the most of your time on campus with resources like tutoring.
how will tm help you
How will TM help YOU?

Be more productive.

Reduce your stress.

Improve self-esteem.

Achieve balance in your life.

Establish important skills.

Reach your goals.

thank you for attending please complete the evaluation survey
Thank you for attending!Please complete the evaluation survey.

Presented by:Eric B. Miller, Ed.M.University College Advising [email protected]

The Academic Success Series is sponsored by:

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

STATE UNIVERSITY

JAMES E. WALKER LIBRARY

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