Common Exhibit: #2 Time Management Self-Study

Part 1: #1 The Semester Plan

January
February
March
April

Part 1: #2 The Weekly Plan

Part 1: #3 The Nitty Gritty

Part 2: Detailed Time Record

Part 3: Written Reflection

Producing this exhibit was an interesting experience to say the least. I found that it was time consuming but overall was a success and a fairly decent help to my life. Creating the semester plan was probably the easiest part of it because it took the least amount of time. It was not something I had to wait for or keep track of like the 3-day time record. I found that having the calendar made it easier for me to remember specific events like social events or tests which allowed me to start studying ahead of time and be much more prepared than I would have been without the calendar. Not everything you see on the calendar is exact because some things have changed but I made the calendar a while ago and I knew that was going to happen. Overall, the calendar was a decent help to my life in remembering important dates and events and I will continue to use one from now on.

The weekly calendar I made was pretty basic but managed to take me a while to complete. I have found it difficult to reflect on it seeing as things change and no plan is ever perfect. For me to say that I have studied 25 hours a week every week since I made the plan would be an outright lie. There have been weeks where I have studied maybe 10 to 12 hours and there have been weeks I have studied 28 to 30 hours. Weeks vary as far as workload and it would be a waste of time for me spend that much time in the library with nothing to really study for or nothing to get ahead in. To say I have cleaned my house every Sunday would also be lie because sometimes it does not need to be. I believe the weekly calendar serves as just a basic plan I can refer to if I need a little reminding. If I look at the calendar and see its time to go to the library that could be possible reminder for some work I have but forgot about. The weekly plan varies every week but certainly has great value.

The photo I have posted for the nitty gritty section is perfect example of what my to-do lists look like. I use a planner from the Academic Success Center which most students use for school but I have another planner for that. Its a pretty self-explanatory to-do list but helps remind me of things outside of school I have to do everyday. The system I have implemented to remind me what is most important is pretty obvious. If it is semi important and can be done later, I give it one star. If it is bordering very important but can be done later if need be, I give it two stars. If it is very important and needs to be done as soon as possible, I give it three stars. For example, studying for tests within two days from the time always gets three stars. Things like laundry or shopping usually get two stars unless there is some sort of emergency. Then things like social events or parties almost always get one star unless its a major function for which Ill give it two stars. Lastly, I have calling my parents on the list everyday and always give it two stars. Id like to give it three stars but realistically I know I may not have time to call them every single day and some days I just forget. The to-do list has become part of my everyday life. I try to follow it everyday but reiterating what I have been saying this whole time, things change and no plan is perfect. Ive had days where Ive done everything on my list and had days where Ive only completed one or even none. But overall, the to-do list has become a major part of my daily schedule and helps me get things done outside of school.

The hardest and most time consuming part of this exhibit was by far the 3-day detailed time record. There were times, such as the National Championship game, where I was carrying around the sheets and putting stuff in as the day went on and times, such as studying for a test in the library, where I had to estimate what time things happened. Looking back and the things I wrote down, I learned a lot about myself. For example, I don't believe I spent much, if any, time in the 3rd covey quadrant. It may have been a coincidence that I did the experiment when I did but I also found that I spent a lot of time doing things that were in my plan. I also found myself compensating for deviating from my schedule by doing things differently. For example, The National Championship game started at 9:20 that Monday night and normally at 9:20 I am in the library. However, I got ahead on my studying and work in the time I normally spend time with my friends on the quad after my 12:20 class. I also extended my time in the library after my 2:30 Econ class and ate dinner later than I normally do so I would be able to watch the game without having think about work I should be doing or something like that. Like I said, maybe it was a coincidence that I had a test to study for in those three days I documented but I found myself being productive and managing my time well. Perhaps I have taken a lot of this class without really noticing but I doubt I would have been that productive in the past. This part of the exhibit was the most time consuming and difficult but I think I got the most out of it because I learned a lot about myself and was being very productive.

This was a very helpful exhibit in which I learned a lot about myself and how to manage time more productively. Managing time is probably one of the biggest challenges a college student faces and those who are good at it are generally the most successful. This was a positive experience in all aspects and I ultimately learned more about myself and how to mange my time which is something Ill take with me for the rest of my life.

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