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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

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…









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 Center615-898-2339ericb.miller@mtsu.edu

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