AEL: Time Management Strategies
Time Management Strategies
Use Time Management Strategies
Factors To Include in Your Time Plan - There are some basic factors
that all schedules need in order for them to be realistic and effective:
- PRIORITIZE. Write down all your tasks. Sort them into three groups: 1's, 2's,
and 3's. The 1's are essential: do them first. The lower level priorities can usually wait.
- WORK TIME. Decide how much time the task requires, and how much energy. You may wish
to include the task's priority level to help make this decision.
- RELAX. Regularly plan time to relax and get it together. This time may range in
units of 10 minutes to whole days according to your needs. You've earned this time off.
- EXERCISE. Exercise is essential for superior academic performance. Your brain would not
function well if your body is tired. Stress reduces performance. Workout regularly.
- FLEXIBILITY. Allow extra time for UnForeseen Obstacles (UFO's) that are bound to
arise. Something almost always comes up to derail your efforts. Allow for it.
- FLOATING TASKS. Floating tasks can be done anywhere, anytime. Carry around a book
that you need to read, some cards to review, a letter that you need to write.
- SURVIVAL. Self-sacrifice and denial are necessary during midterms and finals
weeks. Scrap everything that's not absolutely essential for survival.
Compromise - Sometimes drastic change isn't necessary. Learning to
compromise can make your life more effective. Try the following suggestions:
- RE-PRIORITIZE. Change the importance of various tasks. Reconsider the number of
hours of work you're willing to spend per week, the number of hours you want with the family,
and the number of hours for yourself. Are you trying to do too much?
- POSTPONE. Determine the priority of each activity or task and postpone lower level
- DELEGATE. Get someone else to do it. Ask someone to take notes for you while you go
to a doctor's appointment. If you're a good writer but a poor typist, hire a typist!
- SPEED UP. Sacrifice excellence for expediency. Get it done!
- GIVE UP. Drop the activity all together. There is nothing wrong with accepting your
limitations and giving up. Strengthen your skills in that area and then try the class again.
- DO IT DIFFERENTLY. Look at anything you do and ask, "Is there another way I can
do this?" "Why am I doing this job this way?" "Why am I walking in this
direction?" "Why is this room arranged this way?" "Is there a place where
I seem to work more effectively?" Or, you may wish to subdivide tasks differently. Leave
a certain task out. Spread the task out over different lengths of time. Cut back on certain
sub-tasks and concentrate on others. Whatever you may choose, doing it differently often helps
to do a task more effectively.
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Last Updated October 7, 1996.