There are 168 hours in one week. In the midst of all of these hours, you not only have to go to class, but also find time to sleep, eat, study, socialize, etc.
As a student here at Cleveland Community College you will quickly come to realize that time management is essential for your success!
- Use your course syllabus to fill in a monthly calendar with the subjects and due dates of all your graded assignments. This will help you see which weeks in the semester will be the busiest for you and serve as a good starting point for you to start planning your time accordingly.
- Be sure to copy down important dates. You need to be aware of important dates, such as the last day to drop/add or withdraw from a class and when advising for pre-registration begins. Writing down these dates will help keep deadlines from sneaking up and surprising you.
- Don’t try to be a perfectionist. You will only set yourself up for disappointment if you try to be perfect at everything you do all of the time. Adding the unnecessary pressure to never do anything wrong will only cause problems, such as procrastination, rather than help your situation.
- Learn to say “No.”Another obstacle closely related to perfectionism is the inability to say “no.” If you always say “yes” to every request you receive, you will quickly find yourself depleted of the time you need for important tasks, such as studying, sleeping, etc. Politely saying “no” can help you stick to your schedule.
- Learn to prioritize. Prioritizing your responsibilities and tasks is the first step towards avoiding procrastination. If you are unable to prioritize, you might end up not working on anything at all because you will not know where to begin. To-do lists are often helpful, but if these don’t work for you, explore other ways that will help you determine the importance of all your responsibilities.
- Multi-task whenever possible. If you are able to do more than one thing at a time (without sacrificing the quality of your work), combining activities together can save you a great deal of time. For instance, listen to recorded lectures or the CDs that come with your textbooks during your morning commute or review your notes in between classes.
- Make the most of your free time during the day. Whether it’s in between classes, or waiting to meet up with some friends, utilize these moments for quick reviews. Refer to your class notes or create flash cards to use during these moments; you will be surprised by how much studying you can complete when you use these spare moments to your advantage.
- Don’t waste time worrying! Get in the habit of beginning with your least desirable tasks first. By doing so, you will feel better about crossing them off your list, and you will look forward to tackling more enjoyable tasks. If something comes up and you need to rearrange your schedule, don’t waste time by stressing out – just rearrange what you need to and get back to work.
- Tackle procrastination before it sabotages you. We procrastinate because we either do not want to do the task or we believe the task is too overwhelming. To overcome this obstacle as yourself,” Why do you continue to procrastinate”
- Take steps to stop the procrastination.
- Make a to-do list and prioritize your tasks
- Ask a friend to serve as an accountability partner to help keep you focused
- Create a rewards system so you have something to look forward to once you have completed your work.
- Break down tedious reading assignments into small chunks over several days rather than all at once the night before class.
- Determine which smaller tasks need to be finished by a specific date in order for you to complete the main assignment.
- Carry your calendar with you at all times and write assignments on your calendar.
- Practice keeping track of your time.
Keep track of your time!