Planning so that Time Works for You
|Step 1||Use a monthly calendar that will cover the current academic term:|
First, have the syllabus for each class and mark in on the monthly calendar all due dates and deadlines for any tests, papers, projects, reports.
|Next, add in all other commitments (i.e., holidays, weekends off campus, work commitments, big football weekends, special celebrations, team or group practices).|
|Now, at a glance you can see what the semester looks like and identify periods of time that are likely to be more or less demanding.|
|Step 2||Use a weekly calendar that divides each day into time segments:will cover the current academic term:|
First, write in all fixed times in pen; these times include classes, labs, employment, and tutoring sessions.
|Next, add in flexible times, such as study time, chores, recreational breaks, social activity, meals, and sleep. Be specific in scheduling study time--"Do math, Chapter 2" is way better than penciling in "study."|
|Step 3||Develop and use a daily "to do" list:|
Use the ABC priority system to make your daily list and prioritize items on your list.
|A = Those most important items that must be done today.|
|B = Items that are important, but not urgent|
|C = Items that can be put off until later, like chores or small, easy tasks.|
This handout was created by Holly Sanger, M.A., Psychology Intern for the University Counseling Service, The University of Iowa.