1. Fill in your essential time commitments in red
f. Other regular appointments
2. Fill in your negotiable time commitments in green
d. TV, internet, videogames
3. Learning from your schedule
a. Do you have enough time for studying outside of class?
b. Were you surprised by the amount of time spent on TV, internet, or videogames?
c. Were your waking and bed times consistent throughout the week?
d. Make a new schedule with and ideal look at what your time could be spent on, and stick to it for a week.
There are two schools of thought:
1. The Snowball - Sometimes it is just easier to deal with all of the “little things” on your to-do list so you can then focus on what is really needs to be done. Think of it like a snowball on a hill; it starts out by rolling up small amounts of snow, but by the end a boulder of snow is tumbling down the hill and quickly accomplishing more of the larger goals.
Let’s look at this in practice, here is the to-do list for today:
Take care of the easy tasks right away, having a smaller list will ease stress and help you focus when the major items need attention.
2. Jar of Rocks - Order to-do items by how important they are, and complete them accordingly. Since the New Testament exam is tomorrow, completing the study guide is the top priority. The Composition professor requires an email with your essay topic by 9:00 PM, so that is next. Then, the paperwork to start your new job is due tomorrow, so that would be the third thing to complete; and so on. The analogy is, if you put the big rocks (tasks) in after the small ones, it won’t all fit in the jar (time) you have. But if you get the big rocks in first, the small ones will fill in the gaps so it all fits.
The decision is left to each student to determine which method works best. Try each process for a week and decide which makes the most sense based on your own tasks. Do your best to stick with it for a full semester.