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Time Management

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Time Management is often misunderstood because the assumption is that there is always time available to manage. We manage time carelessly because we do not value it. We value money, and budget our money accordingly, but we do not budget our time.

Time is finite. Essentially there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them. There is only a certain amount of time to complete tasks, events, projects and assessments. If a deadline is missed there are consequences to face. The issue of the time famine is a systemic issue arising from a lack of attention or awareness.

Developing good time management skills involves taking notice of current time management practices. Audit your time and identify time wasters.

Inspired Time Management Tips

Randy Pausch, a professor at the University of Virginia, presents a very powerful lecture on managing time. He became an authority on time management and what can be done in limited time since at the time of the lecture he had only three months to live due to pancreatic cancer.

Watch highlights from his Time Management lecture below. For the full lecture, go to

Randy Pausch on Time Management

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Start Planning

For one week write down your activities and how you spend your time. Once you have established your week’s activities you can start prioritising. Students may be juggling work, study and a social schedule.

Planning is an important aspect of managing time.

Failing to plan, is planning to fail.

– Alan Lakein

Planning involves a multilevel approach at University, semester, weekly and daily.  Use the templates below to help you get started.  

Setting Academic Goals

Effective time management involves the development of goal setting tasks and breaking these tasks into manageable activities.  

Once attention is turned to improving a skill, the skill improves significantly.

Read more about setting academic goals via the link below: