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*Life's Hectic, Let's Make a Plan: Time/Self-Management

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Jennifer Koshnick

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of *Life's Hectic, Let's Make a Plan: Time/Self-Management

Time/Self Management
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The Student Learning Centers
Management Tools
Prioritizing and Goal Setting
Our Agenda
The Balancing Act
Mastering Self-Management
Management Tools
General Schedule and Planning Tips
Prioritizing and Goal Setting

What does self-management mean?
The Balancing Act
Prioritize and rank each item in the order you think it should be accomplished.
Club meeting tonight at 8pm, and you are the president.
A friend needs your expert help with algebra- NOW!
Two page English paper due tomorrow afternoon.
Spanish quiz tomorrow morning that the teacher announced in class today.
You promised your girlfriend/boyfriend that you would go to dinner tonight.
Chemistry exam tomorrow morning that you've known about for a week.
History paper due on Monday, but there is a game Saturday in Phoenix, and you'll be out of town for the weekend
Party tonight with a live band and free food.
No clean socks. You have to do laundry.
You need some sleep.
What is your rationale for the order you selected?

What are some ways to avoid letting so many things pile up?

How should you work through and plan for upcoming commitments and assignments?
How do we define important and urgent actions?
Only you can determine the importance of your actions.
Usually not a single limited goal, but a repeated set of actions.
That which helps you achieve your goal.
For example, your education is the end goal of studying, tutoring, critical thinking, etc.
Only you can determine the urgency of your actions.
Usually limited to a minor set goal, completed once.
That which is required to help you achieve your goal.
For example, registering for class, attending an exam, submitting an assignment, etc.
How do we determine the importance and urgency of actions so as to effectively manage ourselves?
I. Important actions done under the pressure of nearing deadlines.
II. Important activities done without the pressure of looming deadlines. QII actions are easily postponed.
III. Unimportant actions done with a sense of urgency.
Someone else's urgency talks us into an activity unimportant to our own goals.
IV. Simple time wasters.
Not Urgent
What to do in Quadrant II
Successful college students spend as much time as possible in Quadrant II.
Schedule conferences with instructors.
Organize study groups.
Rewrite notes.
Predict test questions.
Make a list of 10 specific actions you have taken in the past 2 days.
An action is specific if someone could have recorded you doing it with a camera.
Draw a 4 quadrant chart.
Write each action on your list in the appropriate quadrant in the chart including the amount of time spent on that action.
Semester/Monthly Calendar
Helps you see the BIG picture.
Record: project due dates, exams, vacation dates, holidays, papers, etc.
Weekly Calendar
Helps you manage the many tasks you have to do each week.
Record: class times, work hours, eating times, sleep, workouts, study hours, religious practice, etc.
Visit www.nau.edu/slc for templates.
General Scheduling Tips
Be specific.
Be reasonable.
Be flexible.
Take advantage of ALL of your time.
Plan to review your lecture notes every day.
Schedule difficult tasks for your most alert periods.
Tips for Planning
Your Time
Schedule fixed blocks of time first.
Include time for errands.
Schedule time for fun.
Set realistic goals.
Plan for the unplanned.
Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions. 50/10 study ratio
Set clear starting and stopping times.
To-Do Lists
There are many kinds of to-do lists.
Daily to-do lists
Running to-do lists
Combination to-do lists
Prioritize the tasks on your list.
Have a system for indicating high or low priority items.
1. Be honest with yourself.
2. Be reasonable.
3. Use a planner.

Is my goal dated?
Is my goal achievable?
Is my goal personal?
Is my goal positive?
Is my goal specific?
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Life's Hectic;
Let's Make a Plan:

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actions first before they become
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