Your Time Management

    • There are twenty-four hours in a day and seven days in a week.

    • If we multiply 24 hours x 7 days = 168 hours in a week.

    • Everyone has 168 hours per week. No more, no less.
      That is the sum you have to work with.

    • Now . . . How will you use your 168 hours? 

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    Beginning with your 168 hours, we will now take hours away.

    • Sleep: Attempt to get eight hours of sleep a night.
      Take away 56 hours a week. 
    • Meals: Attempt to allow an hour for each meal in order to enjoy well-balanced and relaxing meals.
      Take away 20 hours a week. 
    • Classes: Let’s assume you are in class fifteen hours a week.
      Take away 15 hours a week. 
    • Study: Authorities recommend two hours of study per hour of class.
      So, 15 class hours x 2 hours of study = 30 hours
      Take away 30 hours a week. 
    • Personal maintenance: Combining showers, laundry, and other personal activities, that would be about one hour a day.
      Take away 7 hours a week. 

    After allowing generous amounts of time for sleep, meals, classes, study, and personal maintenance, you have forty hours unaccounted for.

    What can you do with forty hours?

    • Time management/planning
    • Academic support (tutoring, mentor, etc.)
    • Work
    • Travel time (to and from)
    • Exercise
    • Relationships/social events
    • Worship and religious activities
    • Athletics (participant or spectator)
    • Arts events
    • Volunteering
    • Organizations
    • Quiet time

    Don’t neglect your personal wellness (sleep, meals), academic priorities (classes, study), and personal maintenance.

    You are truly rich with time!

    The Challenge is Finding Time!

    Time comes in two forms: Big Chunks and Little Bits. 
    How you manage them makes all the difference.

    Now, print the Weekly Time Plan (pdf) and mark out the following Big Chunks of time: 

    • First, fill in your class times.
    • Enter your commitments for work or major obligations.
    • Establish sufficient and regular sleep time and meal times.
    • Identify blocks of one to three hours and enter course prep times, totaling roughly two hours per class hour (don’t let little stuff erode your prime academic time).

    Little Bits of Time:

    Now take time to think about what you can accomplish when you have “just a little bit” of time. Take a piece of paper (or print this page) and make lists of:

    • “Five Minutes” Example 
      In five minutes I could: check and update my “to do” list; empty garbage; water my plants.
      Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do in five minutes: 


    • “Ten to Fifteen Minutes” Example 
      In ten to fifteen minutes I could: get supplies for a project organized; review my study cards; sort my laundry; straighten my desk or clothing drawers; take care of my nails; write a note or make a phone call to family/friend; write in my success journal.
      Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do in ten to fifteen minutes:


    • “Twenty to Thirty Minutes” Example
      In twenty to thirty minutes I could: do an overview of the next chapter in one of my courses; go over class notes to fill in things I didn’t get completely entered in class; read something for relaxation or meditation; review a chapter just before class (review questions from a reading assignment).
      Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do twenty to thirty minutes:


    Now, print the Weekly Attendance Summary (pdf). 

    This worksheet will help you visualize your attendance at class and labs. Seeing your success will encourage your consistent attendance.

    As you practice time management . . .

    If you control the Big Chunks and use the Little Bits purposefully, you’ll have time for many of the good things you want to do and that will enrich your college years!

    • A good movie or TV program
    • Concerts, lectures, fine arts events, sports events
    • Exercise
    • Organizations—social or cocurricular
    • Time for supportive friendships
    • Volunteering