Chapter2 - Managing Your Time Managing Challenge faced by...

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Unformatted text preview: Managing Your Time Managing Challenge faced by most college students Juggling variety of responsibilities Time is one of your most valuable and precious resources Freedom to make decisions is unparalleled to previous times in your life your Lifelong pursuit – can’t plan a perfect schedule and then “be done” done” Do your best and keep working at it!! Five essential Ingredients: Use a weekly schedule (what & where) Use a planner (when) Use a calendar (long-term view) Balance academic with social and personal demands Avoid procrastination Build a Schedule Time-and-activity schedule Allocates segments of time to activities Reminder of what and where you need to be (include work, class, study time) work, Tools Pencil/Pen Planner: day-at-a-glance or week-at-a-glance Sample Schedule Sample Take Responsibility for How You Spend Your Time Time Plan your schedule each week Looking at the entire week will help you avoid being surprised by the forgotten project or test by Make and use to-do lists Daily or Weekly Helps prioritize and estimate time required Make thinking about time a priority Take a few minutes each day to plan Take your planned schedule with you and check it throughout the day. the Planners and Calendars etc. etc. Acquire a planner that you will use Carry it with you and use daily Examine syllabi for reading assignments, projects, tests etc. Note special commitments, meeting with advisor, doctor appointments, Drop/add Withdrawal Final Exam Schedule College breaks – Labor Day, Thanksgiving etc. Identify key academic dates Sample Sample Critical Thinking Critical What type of schedule are you most likely to follow? Are you more productive when you plan details ahead of time or when you leave blocks open for spontaneous of decisions? decisions? What type of activities are you going to include in your planner? planner? Balance Academic With Social and Personal Demands Demands bar bar Often conflict between social and academic demands Tempting to keep late-night hours Watching T.V., talking with friends, video games, restaurant or Sleep deprivation Missed classes Limited quality study time Problem organizing, understanding, and remembering Unchecked late-night socializing results in Balance Time Demands Prioritize Daily list of tasks according to importance “A’s” = very important! “C’s least important! “A’s” Write down assignments and time frame Inform friends and family of your commitment to your studies studies Combine academic and social activities Study groups, tutoring, student organizations Study Case Study # 1 Case Situation: It is 8:00 p.m. Kim’s first assignment, a two page reaction paper, is due at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow Kim has not started the paper yet Kim Kim is invited to go to a party in ½ hour What do you recommend that Kim do? Case Study #2 Jade complains she doesn’t have enough time Jade Attempting 15 hours of classes Works 15 hours per week Works Vice-president of student organization Avid soap opera fan Lives with five friends Has a boyfriend she talks to daily and visits x2 per month What do you recommend that Jade do? Procrastination a Problem? Procrastination – the act of putting off a task until another time another For some procrastinators, the fear of failure prevents taking the risk that could bring success! taking As long as you procrastinate, you never have to confront the real limits of your ability confront Often blame failure on procrastination not personal shortcomings Reasons for Procrastination- Group Reasons Discussion Discussion Being a perfectionist Avoiding failure Avoiding success Being rebellious Feeling overwhelmed Managing time poorly Avoiding the effort and work Avoiding Anti-Procrastination Strategies Anti-Procrastination Know what you should accomplish Set reasonable goals Allow enough time to complete them Break the task into smaller parts Get started whether or not you “feel like it” Shake off judgments of others Do the unpleasant task first Change how you think about the task Establish rewards Evaluation of Time Management Examine Personal Action Statements on page 31 Time Traps to Avoid Saying yes when you don’t have the time Studying at a bad time of day Studying in a distracting location Not thinking ahead Organize your books and papers for the next day Not curbing your social time Taking on too many tasks and projects Heavy work and college load = feeling overwhelmed Great Website! Great Time Management - Challenges Interruptions Interruptions Phone calls Friends stopping by Friends Others requesting help Meetings Communication Unclear instructions Not listening carefully to professor’s instructions Lack of information Time Management (Cont.) Organization Assignments are too big to handle Disorganization Attempting to do too much Lack of planning Procrastination Lack of dates for deadlines Too many unfinished projects/tasks Unrealistic time estimates Unrealistic Time Management (Cont.) Time Focus Making careless mistakes so work has to be redone Working on trivial things rather than important ones – don’t prioritize well prioritize Lack of flexibility (unable to adapt to change) Inability to say no when someone asks a favor Time Management (Cont.) Balance Lack of balance – working too much Lack of balance – playing too much Socializing Watching TV Internet Computer games “DOST THOU LOVE LIFE, THEN DO NOT “DOST SQUANDER TIME, FOR THAT'S THE STUFF LIFE IS MADE OF" BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ...
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