Time Management

Making the Most of Your Time
Created by Angela S. Shores, M.A., LPC-BE LPCInterim Director of Academic Advising Meredith College

Module Instructions  

You are encouraged to write down the answers to the questions you see throughout the workshop. Complete the included inventories and assessments. Contact our office to schedule an appointment if you need to discuss anything further with a staff member.

Objectives     To define why time management is important To define what time management is and involves To identify what makes time management difficult To identify useful strategies for managing your time .

Why is Time Management Important? Why is it important to you to manage or have control over your time? What do you hope to accomplish by managing your time? In what situations or areas of your life is it important to be able to manage your time? .

     Make sure you have time for all your important activities Give structure to your days and weeks Assist in setting goals Assist in planning for the semester Assist in determining priorities .Importance of Time Management  Time management is important to different individuals for different reasons.

What is Time Management?       Awareness of your time Awareness of your time wasters Use of priorities SelfSelf-management or the management of your personal resources Goal setting & achievement Planning .

 How do you define time management?  If you are managing your time well.Personal Time Management Time management is different for everyone. what does that look like for you? What does that mean?  What skills are required for you to manage your time well? .

What makes time management difficult? Managing our time is not always easy. . There are a variety of things that make time management difficult. Review the following list of common time wasters and identify which ones are challenges for you. Below are some of the things that often make it challenging for us to manage our time.

Time Wasters        Stress Anxiety Burnout Procrastination Perfectionism Lack of planning Unexpected events (such as phone calls or drop-in visitors) drop- .

Additional Time Wasters         Depression Being unorganized Working against your natural tendencies Bad habits Email or IM Loosing track of time Television Ineffective studying (have to repeat what you studied or re-read material) re- .

Let¶s get personal«  Take a few moments to complete the following assessments: ³Self³Self-Evaluation of Time Management´  ³My Time Wasters´    What did you learn about the way you manage your time? What did you learn about your time wasters? .

Take a 10 minute break Study Tip Take a short break each hour to refresh your mind and body. Set an alarm clock or timer and come back! exit . You¶ll do better.

. The following slides offer some time management tips and strategies that you may find useful.Knowing is Half the Battle Understanding what time management is and what your time management strengths and challenges are can assist you in determining what strategies will be most useful as you develop your time management skills.

Knowing what is important to you (what you value) and what your priorities are allows you to put those things first as you schedule your time. .Strategies: Define your values and determine your priorities. therefore guiding the way you manage your time.

Values  Complete the attached Values Assessment to identify your values. .

Priorities are influenced by your values and your goals. is a process of deciding which of several options or tasks is most important. . Your priorities may not be the same as important others (family or friends) in your life. Prioritizing involves deciding that Activity A is more important than Activity B. or determining your priorities. Priorities change over time.Priorities      Prioritizing.

the benefits of doing this activity? How well does this activity fit into my goals? Does this activity have a deadline for completion? How much do I enjoy doing this activity? Have I promised or agreed to do this activity? What needs of mine will be satisfied by doing this activity? How much time does this activity require? .Guiding questions for determining priorities:        What are the costs vs.

or other activities important to you. take a few minutes and write down your answers to the questions on the previous slide. meditation. attending class. What are your priorities? . exercising. spending one day a week with family.Determining Your Priorities    Priority activities can include studying. worship. With this in mind.

to rereevaluate your goals periodically and change or update them or re-set rethem .Strategies: Set goals & make action plans  Use the system SMART when setting your goals      S = Specific M = Measurable A = Action-oriented ActionR = Realistic or Reasonable T = Time Phased  It is okay. and often helpful.

more manageable portions and give you the chance to make and record progress towards your goals .  Action plans are step by step plans of how you are going to accomplish your goal ± what are you going to do to reach your goal Action plans allow you to break the goal down into smaller.

. Worksheet. Additional resources for goal setting can be helpful to you also.Your Turn   Using the Course Goal Setting Worksheet. create goals for yourself for each class you have this semester.

Additional Strategies for Time Management     Use a system that works for you Learn to say no Plan to do the biggest projects during your most energized times Be proactive not reactive .

More Strategies & Tips      Tackle the big projects first. even if it is step by step (don¶t get lost in the little things) Use an A-B-C system to plan your Aday Handle papers only once Make use of ³waiting´ time Make ³want to do´ lists not ³have to do´ lists (³have to do´ lists can often cause pressure and lead to guilt if items are left undone) .

Strategies & Tips continued«       Focus on one thing at a time Assess the BIG PICTURE ± what¶s most important overall Get & stayed organized Set time limits and mini-deadlines miniPractice positive self-talk selfKnow your learning style & use study techniques that fit that style .

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