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Time Management

In this section, we'll talk about how these scheduling and planning tools can work together to help you manage your time better.

Staying organized and giving yourself enough time to do your best work can reduce stress and give you more time to spend on interests, social activities, and more.

Using Time Management Tools Together

Now that you have learned how to create a weekly schedule, semester plan, and task list, it’s time to think about how these three tools can work together. Watch the video or read the instructions below to find out how to use these time management tools together.

How to Put it All Together

Once you've created your semester plan and weekly schedule, the task list becomes a bridge between upcoming deadlines and your schedule.

Follow these steps:

  1. Look at your semester plan. What needs to be done for your courses this week? Look ahead; is there anything big coming up in the next few weeks that you should get started on now?
  2. Write down these upcoming items to create your daily task list. Don’t forget to add important personal commitments, such as appointments or getting groceries. Add time estimates for each item, then prioritize using the ABC 123 method, which will help you to identify the key tasks to complete that day.
  3. Look at your weekly schedule and figure out when you will complete each task. Look for blocks of time that you've specifically set aside for school or personal commitments. If you have a lot to accomplish on your list this week, you may need to find additional time in your schedule to get everything done.

Tips for Bringing Your Plans Together

  • Learn about each tool first: View the modules on Weekly Plans, Semester Plans, and Task Lists to learn how to create each of these tools.
  • Find tasks in the semester plan: The semester plan will tell you if you have things you should be working on, so you can add these things to your task list. Use an Assignment Tracker to break down big assignments into smaller pieces.
  • Add your tasks to you weekly schedule: Once you know what you need to do, you can add the tasks in the spots in your weekly schedule for school work and personal commitments.