There are 168 hours in a week. Everybody gets the same number of hours, but not everybody utilizes his or her time wisely.
Have you ever had a day where you did very little and then wondered, “Where did all the time go?” This is one of the reasons we schedule important tasks. Now that you are a full-time Georgia Tech student, you will realize how important it is to prioritize your responsibilities and utilize your time effectively. Time Management is a noun AND a verb. It is something that you do. As a result, this unit will focus on sharing tips and tools that will help you better manage your time and yourself in order to be successful.
TIPS FOR TIME MANAGEMENT
Create a weekly schedule
- Create a schedule and stick to it.
- Be sure to schedule:
- STUDY and HOMEWORK
- At least 7 – 8 hours of SLEEP
- Activities of daily living, i.e. laundry, meals, baths—these take time, too!
- Don’t forget to schedule some fun things to do. If you don’t, you will become resentful and revolt against your own schedule.
Plan your semester
- Schedule your time at the beginning of each semester
- Plan ahead for long term projects
- Include study time for all classes each week
- This will help you stay on top of your classes and will ensure you’re not “surprised” by a test (or, worse, a week with multiple tests!)
Use the study cycle (PLRS)
- Preview: Prepare before class—read the textbook and review your notes.
- Lecture: Attend class, take notes, complete assignments, and ask questions.
- Review: Review your notes immediately after class. Create a study plan for the material.
- Study: Review your notes and the textbook. Reflect on any questions you have. Review and restate the main points and ideas.
Prioritize and plan your time
- Not all time is created equal; an hour spent cramming for a test the night before is not as valuable as an hour spent going over an assignment immediately after it is given
Use an Activity Log
- If you’re not sure how you’re using your time, keep an activity log one week to see how your time is being spent
Be aware of your most productive times
- When are you most alert?
- Consider what times you schedule your classes, based on your own periods of productivity
Monitor and limit time on social media
- Put your phone on “airplane mode” when you’re studying in order to avoid the temptation of texting, social media, YouTube, etc.
Find the right place to study
- There are a number of great places on campus to study—find one that works for you
- Be aware when a study spot is not working. If you study in bed, and find that “study time” quickly gets converted to “sleep time,” find another spot
Learn to say no
- Be selective about the things you say “yes” to
- Learn to say “no”—no matter how tempting the activity is—if you don’t have the time to commit
- Don’t wait until you “feel like it” to begin each task—act! Sometimes your feelings will get in the way of progress.
- Try the Pomodoro Technique to help break your work down into small, manageable chunks.
Utilize academic resources
- The Georgia Tech Center for Academic Success offers free academic support resources, including:
- Your school or department may also offer tutoring—check your department website or ask your advisor
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