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Time Management

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You’ve Got the Time!
• You have enough time
• Time is an equal opportunity resource:
everyone gets 168 hours per week
• Time is elusive and easy to ignore
• Time is a non-renewable resource
• Time seems to pass at varying speeds

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ABC Daily To-Do’s
1. Brainstorm: Write down everything you
want to accomplish tomorrow
2. Estimate the time for each task
3. Rate each task by priority
– A’s are most important
– B’s are important but not urgent
– C’s do not require immediate attention
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ABC Daily To-Do’s
4. As you complete tasks, cross them off
your list
5. At the end of the day, evaluate your
performance

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Why Planning Sets You Free
• You set the plan
• You can change it
• You choose how to achieve it
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Also…
• When there’s a plan, there’s a chance
• Planning frees you from constant
decisions
• Planning makes adjustments easier
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Strategies for Scheduling
• Schedule fixed blocks
of time first
Classes
Sleeping
Eating
Work Schedule
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Strategies for Scheduling
• Schedule for real
life
Time for errands
Flexibility
Realistic goals
Time for fun
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Strategies for Scheduling
• Schedule study time
wisely
Study 2 hours for each hour in class
Plan for the unplanned
Set clear start and stop times
Avoid marathon study sessions
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Strategies for Scheduling
• Remember your goals
and yourself
Back up to a bigger picture
“Filter” your tasks before
scheduling them
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7-Day Anti-Procrastination Plan
Monday Make it meaningful
Tuesday Take it apart
Wednesday
Write an Intention Statement
Thursday
Tell everyone
Friday
Find a reward
Saturday
Settle it now
Sunday
Say NO
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7 More Ways to Stop
Procrastination
• Observe your procrastination
• Discover your procrastination style
• Trick yourself into getting started
• Let feelings follow action
• Choose to work under pressure
• Step back to the big picture
• Take it easy
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Twenty-Five Ways
to Get the Most Out of Now
• When to study
• Where to study
• Ways to handle the rest of the world
• Things you can ask yourself when
you get stuck
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When to Study
• Study difficult subjects first
• Be aware of your best time of day
• Use waiting time
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Where to Study
• Use a regular study area
• Study where you’ll be alert
• Use a library
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Ways to Handle
the Rest of the World
• Pay attention to your attention
• Agree with living mates about study
time
• Get off the phone
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Ways to Handle
the Rest of the World
• Learn to say NO
• Hang a “do not disturb” sign on your
door
• Get ready the night before
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Ways to Handle
the Rest of the World
• Call ahead
• Avoid noise distractions
• Notice how others misuse your time
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Things You Can Ask Yourself
When You Get Stuck
• What is one task I can accomplish
toward my goal?
• Am I being too hard on myself?
• Is this a piano?
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Things You Can Ask Yourself
When You Get Stuck
• Would I pay myself for what I’m doing
right now?
• Can I do just one more thing?
• Am I making time for things that are
important but not urgent?
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Things You Can Ask Yourself
When You Get Stuck
• Can I delegate this?
• How did I just waste time?
• Could I find the time if I really wanted
to?
• Am I willing to promise it?
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Time Management
for Right-Brained People
• Know your values
• Do less
• Slow down
• Remember people
• Focus on outcomes
• Handle it now
• Buy less
• Forget about time
• Take time to retreat
from time
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Strategies for Long-Term Planning
• State your goals
effectively
• Make
measurements
reflect your values
• Work from future to
present
• Write out your plan
• Be willing to act
• Talk planning
• Be bold
• Look for what’s
missing
• Maintain what you
love
• Remember to
remember
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Do You Have Effective Habits?
Success in school and life is largely
a matter of cultivating effective
habits.

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