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Setting goals/making a schedule

Tasks begun well,
likely have good finishes

496 - 406 BC


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(Print & complete):
Set Your Goals:

List your
major goals:

more important

less important

long term    
long/short term    
short term    

Determine how you spend your time:

Column I:   
list the amount of time you expect to spend in weekly activities in hours.

Column II:
multiply your recurring daily activities by five (weekdays) or seven (weekly) to estimate the number of hours you engage in these recurring activities in a week.

Class time

Study Time



Volunteer Activities


Regularly scheduled functions

(clubs, church, etc.)

Socializing with friends

Chores and Errands













Commuting/Travel time (multiplied by 5=)

Meal preparation/eating (multiplied by 7=)

Personal care (multiplied by 7=)

Sleep (multiplied by 7=)






Total A:


Total B:

Total A + B = Total C:   ______ hours
There are 168 hours in a week.   Subtract Total C from 168 = _____ Uncommitted hours (168 - total C)

Evaluate Your Time Management:

  • How much time have you set aside to meet your goals (above)?
  • Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?
  • Can your uncommitted hours be reallocated to meet your priorities?

List four activities you would like to do in your uncommitted time

Make your schedule:

Semester Calendar:
This is the macro view,  
don't include too much detail

  • Pick up a copy of  your institution's semester calendar
  • Enter important dates 
    such as mid-term and final exams, holidays, breaks, study days, etc.
  • Enter dates for course quizzes and exams, 
    important papers and projects, even social activities!
  • Post this schedule in your study area 
    for referral and review, and to chart your progress

Projected weekly schedule
This is the micro view,  
plan your activities in blocks of hours throughout the week

  • Fill in all on-going activities, such as classes, study times, appointments, work, and social events.

Actual weekly schedule

  • Modify and detail the Projected Weekly Schedule
  • Evaluate your time usage for modification according to priorities
Are you using your time to best achieve your goals?
Are you studying when you said you would?
Can you identify areas when you can use your time more efficiently?

Daily schedule or "To Do List"

  • Complete the night before or the first thing each morning.
  • Include things you intend to accomplish that day, including assignments, appointments, and errands
  • Check off items you have done to give yourself a sense of completion

Benefits of Following a Schedule:

  • Written plans make responsibilities seem more manageable and less overwhelming
  • Scheduled tasks are more likely to be completed
  • If you are current on reading and homework assignments, you will avoid the need for last-minute cramming for tests

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