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Du-Support Mentoring Program

Honors Project Class of 2020

Time Management

1. Definition

  1. What is time management: Time management is clusters of behavior that are deemed to facilitate productivity and alleviate stress (American Journal of Health Studies)
    1. Setting goals and priorities for the semester/ use of mechanics/ organized workplace/ perceived control of time

2. Organization: Tips & Tricks

  1. Sticky notes, planners, notebooks, calendar apps with notifications
  2. 5 tips for planner organization (
    1. Write your name in it- it becomes a priority
    2. Map out your schedule with a time frame- becomes a reference tool
    3. Write down your goals
    4. Map out your semester- larger monthly calendar
    5. Plan out your week- smaller details
  3. Writing things down makes you feel better!

3. Note Taking

  1. In college classes finding the key concepts to take away from lectures or lessons
  2. Using different colored pens, markers, highlighters, etc.
  3. Trying different styles and headings- each person is different

4. Environment

  1. In scheduling, make sure you know the location of each class and where you will study and complete homework
  2. Changing up your studying location will make it easier for you to adapt to multiple testing situations
  3. Know where you are going to study, add it in to your planner or assignment notebook or outlook calendar
  4. Quiet areas of the library, isolated locations for reading activities, writing essays, etc.

5. Benefits

  1. Greater productivity and efficiency
  2. A better professional reputation
  3. Less stress
  4. Increased opportunities for advancement
  5. Achieve important life and career goals
  6. Here's a link to an article discussing the benefits

6. Goal Setting

  1. Prioritization: based on due dates

7. Scheduling

  1. Need to leave room for interruptions
  2. Allows you to avoid Procrastination
  3. Schedule a regular time for organizing your events, papers, exams, and projects each week
    1. Google calendar, outlook calendar
    2. Hand held notebook or planner

8. Steps


  1. Establish the time you want to make available for your work
    1. Need to work longer on some projects vs. others
  2. What actions you must take to do a good job
    1. In order to achieve the best grade on this paper, how much effort will I need to put in
  3.  Schedule high priority activities
    1. Test, exams, interviews, projects, etc.
  4. Schedule time for interruptions, procrastination
    1. They always happen!
  5. Schedule breaks and free time!
    1. Your mind needs a break from studying and needs a quick half an hour of T.V., video games, leisurely reading, writing, or drawing, music

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