Time Management Self-Study


Learn and explore multiple self-management strategies, including time management, personal wellness, financial literacy, campus resource utilization, and knowledge of academic policies.


Ineffective time management methods and implementation strategies often underlie students’ difficulties in school, whether the issue is lack of planning, too much free time and lack of structure, or a schedule so full of activities that there is no time for study. This exhibit is designed to help you learn to manage your time effectively, intentionally creating a system that works for you in your life. You’ll start by learning and trying specific strategies studied in class, and then you’ll reflect on your experience with the techniques and personalize the strategies until you have crafted a system of time management that works for you.


Part 1: Create your plan.

You will be introduced to a specific time management and study scheduling technique. For this phase of the project, apply the model taught in class, creating schedules for your semester that demonstrate understanding of the curve of forgetting, the study cycle, Stephen Covey’s quadrant system, and use of the weekly planner. Prepare the following three items:

1. Semester Plan: The Big Picture

 Long view of the entire semester, including due dates for projects, presentations, and papers; exams; personal events; campus events; breaks.

 Possible submission methods include a photo of a semester wall calendar, photos of the monthly pages of your planner book, or screen shots of an online monthly calendar.

2. Weekly Plan: The Ideal Week

 Using the study cycle, include classes, basic care and feeding of the human body, regular weekly commitments, weekend review, and daily study schedule.

 Your daily study schedule should include a minimum of two hours per week for each hour credit hour you are taking. If you are taking 15 hours, for example, your minimum study commitment is 30 hours. You may count tutoring and Peer Assisted Learning in this total.

 This should be prepared using the weekly planner form distributed in class and available in Canvas, and should be color-coded.

 Once you have created a master weekly plan, you can transfer it as recurring appointments into your online calendar and set up reminders for the various events.

3. Daily Plan: The Nitty-Gritty

 Prioritized daily to-do lists that indicate tasks and goals for the day.

o “Prioritized” means that you have a system for indicating which things should be

done first or are most important.

o Taskswouldincludehomeworkassignments,projectsyou’reworkingon,errands you need to run, or chores like sending Mom’s birthday present.

 Photos of to-do lists in your planner would be good documentation for this component. Part 2: Monitor implementation of your plan.

Follow your three-part planning model for a period of two weeks, keeping track of how you use your time.

1. For at least three consecutive days, complete a detailed time record. At least two of the days should

be class days.

 Use the form found on page 3 of this document to record your time. You can find a blank form

in Canvas in the “Portfolio” section of the “Files” area. You’ll need multiple copies of the form.  This is a minute-by-minute recording of how you spend the four days. No detail is too small

to include. For example, don’t put “8:00-2:00 Class.” What did you do between classes?

 For each entry, indicate which Covey Quadrant applies to the block of time, and also whether

the time was or was not used as planned in your three-part planner.

 Use the “notes” column for any information you might find useful as you reflect on your data,

such as reasons why you deviated from your weekly planner.

2. Keep a journal of your experiences with managing your time, noting when you successfully follow

your plan and when you fail to do so. For instances when you do not follow the plan, make note of

what your thought processes are and what’s happening in your life at those times. Make at least one journal entry per day. You may wish to record video or photos that will help you illustrate your experiment. Your journal may be written or spoken.

Part 3: Evaluate and Revise

1. Prepare an exhibit that presents your data and evaluates the successes and failures of your plan and your implementation of it.

2. Based on your self-study, revise your plan, including new planners and methods as applicable.

3. Include charts, graphs, or other graphic representations of your data, including:

 How much time you spent in each quadrant.

 How often you followed or didn’t follow your plan.

 Any other data you find relevant (optional)


Build your exhibit in Adobe Spark as a Page that you can link to from your main portfolio Page. Be sure to include both written reflection and graphic representations of your data. For this exhibit, which has many components, following directions is critical in order to earn all possible points.

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