Time Management: Ways to Save Time
- Start with the big picture: planning out what you’ll be doing weekly according to a schedule will provide a consistent framework that will help with management of the finer details.
- Refine your schedule by regularly examining and evaluating your priorities, and adjust it accordingly.
- Once a general weekly schedule is set, use a planner – either electronic or paper – to plan out chunks of time in more detail. For instance, when allotting three hours of time to homework, plan out what you hope to accomplish in the first half hour, second half hour, and so on. (For more on this, see Your Action Study Plan. Be sure to add breaks into your study plan, too!)
- Use your planner to record individual appointments, meetings, and other events that might not recur every week. Include important details: contact information for the person you’re meeting; agenda for the meeting; the meeting address; the exact time; your goals for the meeting; what materials you’ll need; etc. Set alarms or notifications for these events so that you don't lose track.
- Use your planner to keep a list of daily to-do’s; factor these into your daily schedule break-down, or handle small tasks while waiting, like sending short emails before the start of class.
- Keep your personal spaces organized consistently so that you can find what you’re looking for easily, thereby eliminating some stresses.
- Plan ahead, but anticipate the need for flexibility – if something comes up in the moment that necessitates an adjustment of plans, keep calm, augment accordingly, and carry on.