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Time Management Workshop Practical Strategies for Making More of Your Life Presented by The Student Success Center A presentation adapted from Learning Strategies Online at the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University

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Time Management Workshop Time Management is Life Management This workshop is going to examine ideas, strategies, and tools that can enhance your productivity and maximize your experience as a student. Use this workshop to create your own time management plan. It is expected that you are going to be “weeding” through the ideas and tools discussed in this session. As you do, make note of the things you like and start working them into your plan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWVROOcelcU You are unique. Make your plan work for you.

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Why do some people get so much more done than others? The Allocation of time is unbiased and without prejudice. We all receive 24 hours each day. No one receives more or less than anyone else. Most people who are making really good use of their time and their lives have made deliberate choices and implemented strategies that assist them in achieving their goals. This workshop will help you do this. Let’s start by taking a look at some challenges you may be facing.

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Students are often surprised at how challenging an academic lifestyle can be. You must create your own structure and develop systems of organization. If you try to drift through college life without good time and academic systems, rather than managing your life, other things seem to manage you. College students are required to… Think at higher levels Process more in less time Work in high pressure situations Work with meticulous professors Resist a wide range of distractions However, you have… Less structure No supervision to balance the work load Many people who want your time Studying/learning demands

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Where is your time going? Did you know that Rider University assumes you will need to study approximately 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class? (You may need more time or a little less depending on the class and your background knowledge.) Calculate your schedule now. (There are 168 hours in one week)

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Where is your time going? ACTIVITY HOURS/WEEK Academics Time in class ______ Time spent studying (reading, homework, research) ______ Time spent with tutors ______ Subtotal ______ Campus Life Time spent with clubs or organizations ______ Time spent with Varsity or Club Athletics ______ Subtotal ______ Work Time spent working ______ Subtotal ______ Personal Care Sleep ______ Eating ______ Other personal responsibilities ______ Subtotal ______ Leisure Time Telephone and text messaging ______ E-mail, instant messaging, blogging, Facebook, etc ______ Television ______ Videogames ______ Hanging out with friends ______ Subtotal ______ TOTAL ______

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Establishing Priorities After taking a closer look at how you spend your time, now examine how you want to spend your time. Let’s start with taking a moment to consider what is most important to you.

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Big Rocks Is this jar with the large rocks full? What if we were to fill it to the top with small rocks? What if we were to fill it to the top with sand… would it be full now? What if we were to fill it to the top with water… would it be full now? It’s full now! The questions is this: What is the “moral of the story” when it comes to time management?

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Big Rocks The moral of the story… A first response is often: “We can always fit more things into our day.” But the true moral is this… If we had not put the big rocks in first they never would have fit. So, what are the big rocks in your life? What are the things you truly value and want to be sure you make time for?

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Big Rocks Consider not only your academic “big rocks” (papers, projects, daily study sessions, exam preparation…) but also your: Physical wellness (time for exercise, sleep, eating well) Spiritual wellness (time for quiet reflection, services, meditation and study) Emotional wellness (learning how to process feelings, concerns and conflict) Social wellness (time to enjoy friends, organizations and events) Effective time management assures that we structure our lives so that these big rocks are put in first. Priorities keep us in balance and on track.

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Proactive vs. Reactive “Is life happening to you, or are you happening to life?” People who are proactive take charge of their time and decisions. They are not just reacting to the distractions that confront them daily, they are making choices to take change of their time. How can you take charge of your life and time?

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Strategies to Take Charge of Your Life Weekly to do list Weekly Schedule Monthly Schedule Semester Schedule

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Weekly Planner

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Monthly Schedule October

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Semester Planner

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Time Management Principles Identify your BEST TIMES for studying Study DIFFICULT subjects first Use DISTRIBUTED LEARNING AND PRACTICE Make sure the SURROUNDINGS ARE CONDUCIVE TO STUDYING Make room for ENTERTAINMENT and RELAXATION Make sure you have time to SLEEP and EAT PROPERLY COMBINE ACTIVITIES: use the “twofer” concept REVIEW lecture notes the day of the lecture

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Thank you Questions?