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Time Management enables you to achieve more, lead a balanced life, and have more free time.  You owe it to yourself to use your time well.

  • College is not a spare time activity.  Avoid simply "piling it on top" of an existing schedule.  Successful college students schedule academic activities as an integral part of their overall life.
  • Through persistent and honest analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of your study skills and learning strategies, always seek improvement with the goal of making the best use of whatever time you have available. 
  • Be creative in 'stuff management' to save time or to make the most effective use of the time available.
  • It is often valuable to spend a little time now to save time later.  Effective time management is the process of increasing the odds of goal completion through planning and taking appropriate action.
  • It is better to spend the time to "do it right" the first time than to spend time "doing it over."
  • Prioritize. Know what is important and what is not. Make decisions based on these priorities.

  • Use waiting time. Instead of wasting away these precious moments, take some schoolwork with you and use the time to help you succeed. For example, when you are sitting in the dentist office waiting for your appointment, pull out a set of question cards you have created and study them. While waiting for your daughter at her dancing lesson, read over your notes from today’s lecture and fill in the gaps.

  • Avoid perfectionism – the belief that perfection can and should be attained and anything less than perfect is unacceptable. This can keep you from trying for fear of not completing an assignment as well as you think you should. It can slow you down and cause low self-esteem, stress, a fear of failure, burn-out, illness, and depression. Instead strive for quality work and healthy ambition, but don’t get bogged down with making sure that everything is perfect.

  • Beat procrastination – the art of delaying.  Students procrastinate for a multitude of reasons, but the habit can be broken. Before doing something else that you want to do, first get something accomplished on your assignment or project. Set up a series of deadlines for yourself by breaking up large assignments into smaller, manageable tasks each with a due date. Record the due dates, track your progress, and check off each as they are finished. Reward yourself at the completion of each. Look forward to finishing the entire assignment and turning in a quality piece of work.