Not enough hours in the day? Make the most of them….
Between classes, studying, student organizations, other extracurricular involvement, and personal priorities, being able to manage your time while in college is essential! In fact, according to a GatorWell survey, 79% of UF students reported that effectively managing their time was “very important” to their academic success. Indeed, learning how to manage your time helps increase productivity and reduces procrastination, both of which can improve academic success. So how do you turn this knowledge into action?
Time Management Tips
Assess how you are currently using your time.
For 2-3 days, keep a time log of what you do during the day and how long you spend doing it. Afterwards, look for trends, strengths, and areas for improvement. Identify which activities are priorities (see #2) and which are time wasters.
Check out this article for a template and ‘how to’ tips: Improve Your Time Management with a Time Log
Know what’s important!
Set long-term goals to work towards. This can help you prioritize your time according to what is important and urgent. Then, organize your time according to your priorities. Higher priority tasks should come first. Also, try scheduling extra time AND setting short-term, weekly goals for these important tasks. Research shows that short-term goals help with focus and motivation and reducing procrastination.
Check out this template to create your own achievable goals. https://www.mcckc.edu/counseling/goal-setting/docs/SMARTGoalWorksheet.pdf
Make time to manage time.
Set aside consistent time in your schedule to organize how you will use your time. For example, preplan by organizing your schedule for the week each Sunday. There are a wide variety of tools that can be used to help with this including planners, calendars, apps (see examples below), or “to do” lists. Pick whatever tools work for you and your organization style and then make sure to use them consistently!
Break things up!
Have a large task that feels very overwhelming? Maybe it’s a 20 page paper, studying for your Chemistry mid-term, or applying for an internship. Break it up into smaller steps before you begin. Assign yourself mini-deadlines for completing the smaller steps and then tackle them one at a time.
Identify what your common distractors and time wasters are. Then, come up with a plan to minimize these where possible. This may mean studying in a different environment, turning off the TV, computer or wi-fi, or putting your phone out of reach and/or on silent.
Enlist social support.
Share your goals for the semester with friends and family and ask for their support and encouragement. Find a study buddy, schedule times to study together, and then hold each other accountable.
- GatorWell’s Time Management Resources
- GatorWell’s Wellness Coaching for Academic Success
- Time Management Video
- UF Academic Advising: UF Academic Advising empowers and informs students so they may explore options; encourages students to make well-intentioned and strategic decisions; and maximizes personal outcomes and successes in the student’s undergraduate experience.
- UF Teaching Center: Provides virtual tutoring, study groups, study resources, and learning strategies support. Through a variety of services and instructional approaches, the Teaching Center seeks to help students master effective ways of learning for different disciplines.
- University Writing Studio: 1:1 consultations and workshops. Students and faculty at all levels and in every discipline are welcome! Current appointments are being conducted via zoom.
- UF Libraries: UF’s libraries consist of seven libraries and provide computers, study spaces, and online resources for all UF students. Student, faculty and researcher spaces include open areas, restricted-study graduate student areas, group study rooms and individual graduate student and faculty study carrels.
Task Management/ Goal Setting:
- Priority Matrix
- Remember the Milk
- Google Calendar
- Outlook Calendar