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Options to help students stress less during the semester and exam week.

What Is Time Management?

Time management is organizing and planning your time so you can get the most out of your days and accomplish your goals. Managing your time helps you to feel less overwhelmed and makes sure that you don’t overlook important tasks. Time management can help you to set goals, beat procrastination, and prioritize responsibilities!

Whether you’re a student, professional, parent or all three, your responsibilities and priorities may change from month to month and year to year.  Remember, the purpose of time management is not to get as much done as possible in the shortest amount of time; rather, it’s to ensure that time is being used wisely so that important tasks are getting the time and attention they need.

Time Management Weekly Calendar

Here's a weekly calendar that you can fill in to help you allocate your time.

Time Management Tips


  1. Determine which activities are fixed vs. flexible. 
    Some items on your schedule are fixed, meaning that they will occur at the same time each week (work hours, classes, meetings, mealtimes, church, children’s activities, and hours spent commuting). Flexible items could include time allotted for exercise, household chores, appointments and errands, entertainment, and down time.
  2. Be realistic about how much time you need. 
    Planning out your schedule can help ensure that adequate time has been budgeted for required activities. Having a plan prevents you from having to rush, and also reminds you not to spend too much time on tasks that you can accomplish quickly.
  3. Break tasks down into manageable segments. 
    Some projects are complex and involve multiple steps. Scheduling each step separately can provide a series of manageable goals to accomplish.
  4. Establish a routine. 
    A schedule provides a helpful guide, but establishing consistent habits makes it easier to maintain productivity. Just as healthy eating habits can support wellness, effective time management habits can support a sense of confidence and ease.
  5. Reward yourself. 
    Compensation for time well spent can include scheduling weekend time to ensure that you really get time to relax. If there’s something that motivates you more, use that as an incentive to reward accomplishments.
  6. Be flexible, but don’t get derailed.
    Unexpected events will always arise, and you can adjust your schedule to accommodate them by utilizing free time. After a shift in scheduled time occurs, return to your plan in order to stay on track.
  7. Group tasks to maximize efficiency.
    You can group errands by location and priority, and arrange tasks by type. Embrace multi-tasking by combining activities that work well together. For example, complete laundry while doing other household chores or homework.
  8. Listen to your body. 
    Following the natural cycles of your body can help you create an effective schedule. If you’re a morning person, for instance, you may have more energy for certain things earlier rather than later in the day. You may have a job or school schedule that doesn’t exactly match your natural rhythms, but being aware of your energy levels throughout the day can help you anticipate how much time you may need for a given activity.
  9. Don’t be afraid to delegate. 
    In work or family life, find duties that you can delegate or share with others to help alleviate your workload. While you may give up some control by sharing tasks with others, you may also discover that you have more time to focus on high-priority items and those personal goals that matter the most to you.
  10. Keep your eyes on the prize.
    Whether you’re focusing on short-term action steps or long-term goals, use these objectives for motivation. This can help you stick to your time management schedule and foster a sense of achievement.

Study Skills & Time Management Video

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