Effective time management allows you to keep track of your goals, stay organized and get things done!
Time management is an important skill that can help you balance work, school, family and friends. It includes keeping track of all your obligations and due dates and being able to prioritize between different demands.
Student life requires three levels of time management:
Planning your semester schedule allows you to see the big picture, look ahead, and plan with all of your courses in mind. The goal here is to have a visual representation of what your whole semester looks like on one page. Fill it in using different colours for each class. Be sure to include the dates for all tests and assignments as well as how much they are worth.
Planning a weekly schedule allows you to build routine and balance into your week. This planning makes space for each of your obligations while also providing time for you to relax and have fun. This process involves scheduling in your classes first, followed by your “life” requirements such as sleeping, eating, exercise and chores. Once all of these “non-negotiables” are in, you can then schedule in your study time!
Your daily schedule and to-do list are what allow you to plan out your day and accomplish your goals. This system for keeping track of your tasks involves two different lists: your ongoing to-do list and your daily to-do list. Your ongoing to-do list keeps track of everything you have to get done. It is called an “ongoing” list because it just keeps growing as you add to it throughout the semester. Your daily to-do list is what you plan to get done today. It is created by prioritizing your top 3-4 tasks from your ongoing list. Using this system allows you to stay on top of your assignments while prioritizing your tasks in a way that is motivating and keeps you from becoming overwhelmed.
Resources & Apps
Calendars and schedules
- Creating a Weekly Schedule
- Weekly Schedule (Fillable Excel)
- Semester Schedule (PDF)
- Semester schedule
- Postcard: how to manage your time
- Assignment Calculator (University of Waterloo)
- Freedom ($) - Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
- Self-Control (Mac)
- Leechblock (Firefox & Chrome)
- StayFocusd (Chrome)
- FocusMe ($)
- BlockSite (Chrome)