Managing university tasks and deadlines can be tough, and your life doesn't stand still while you're studying. Luckily, there are ways to make things less overwhelming and more manageable. Here are some of the main principles of time management:
See the tabs below for more information and resources on these steps.
In order for you to succeed, your goals have to be well-defined. The SMART acronym provides a way for you to think more deeply about your goals.
It can be tough to juggle tasks from our homes, school, work, and personal relationships. The key is to prioritise your tasks.
Rorybowman (2007). Merrill Covey matrix. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2135450
The diagram above is an example of a time management matrix (Merrill & Covey,1994). Here's a guide to how it works:
How does this matrix apply to your life? Download the template below and see where your tasks fit in.
Create a plan for how you are going to spend your time. A weekly plan will allow you to detail your subtasks and break them down even more if need be. Some tips for filling out a weekly or semester plan:
Here is an example of what a completed plan might look like (click on the image to see a larger view):
Are you a procrastinator? If these scenarios sound familiar to you, then you just might struggle with putting things off.
(Syrett, 2018, "Overcoming procrastination")
Some of the information on this page will help you overcome procrastination. For more tips and tricks, see the resources below.
These tools are designed to help you stay on track, which will make your time at University less stressful. Give them a try!
Dillon, D. (2018). Blueprint for success in college: Indispensable study skills and time management strategies. Retrieved from https://press.rebus.community/blueprint1/
Mind Tools. (n.d.). SMART goals. Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm
Syrett, S. (2018). Manage your time. Retrieved from https://www.oercommons.org/courseware/module/25860/overview