Layout of my semester schedule
Layouts of my week and day schedules
Scheduling is a very vital asset to appropriate time management. In the past, I used to never ever use a schedule or a planner for long term planning. What I always did and still do to a certain extent is just make my plan day by day, or maybe a day in advance at the most. In the mornings, I would check blackboard, check any notes I had written down on little scraps of paper, or text friends to verify when an assignment was due. Like I said, this method is great for short term assignments or homework, but very unorganized. Also, planning that way leaves me a max time of forty eight hours to prepare for a test and makes it very easy to overlook or forget assignments. Which is not a good plan for school. I now write down every single school related due date, test date, quiz, homework, assignment, etc .. All organized by class and dated, and as I go down the list I check off what I have completed and highlight what I absolutely need to do for the next class. Having all of my assignments and due dates in one place is a lot more organized and less stressful trying to figure out what is due when, because I can just look at a few pieces of paper and know everything I need to. Color coding my schedule would be a little more organized; however, I find it unnecessary because of the layout I use. If I was using a normal planner I would have to write which class goes with what assignment every time I had one. This is where color coding would be helpful because it would minimize the amount of times I actually had to write which class the assignment was for. The semester and weekly schedule I like to use, though, is organized by class and really does not require color coding. My weekly schedule is probably the one I use the most. I can look at my weekly schedule and no matter what the assignment is, I have seven days to get it done. For me, that is a much better method to keep up with my assignments than what I used to do.
Journal for 2-19-17
On Sunday the 19, like all other Sundays, my plans change like the wind changes direction. Whatever needs to be done I will do and if there is nothing too pressing needing done, I am pretty free to do whatever I would like. On the 19th, I spent most of my time in quadrant 2. Although I did waste a lot of time in quadrant 4, I think most of my time was devoted to important tasks but not urgent tasks. As I originally stated, for me Sundays are a day of rest. I literally wake up, hang around the house, eat, check grades or work on a little homework, and relax. And repeat the process if I have time. I think I followed my schedule very closely, as I usually do. I am a creature of habit so my schedule doesn't change much day-to-day or week-to-week nor do I ever deviate too far from my original plans or schedule. Therefore, I do not find it necessary to revise my scheduling patterns or planning methods. The way I plan, schedule, and study works well for me.
Journal for 2-20-17
On Monday the 20th, like all of my Mondays this semester are very short "school days" because I only have to classes. I went to STAT 2300 that morning at 8:00 am. and was out by 8:50 am. Immediately upon being released from STAT, I walked straight to my next class ENR 2020 which starts at 10:00. When I get there (obviously before 10, I don't walk that slow!) I find my seat and pull out my computer and work on my STAT homework. Which I used to never do homework on campus, I would just wait until I got home. But it didn't take me long to figure out that was a big waste of time. If I have an hour between classes why not work on homework or do something productive? So, in that aspect I did deviate from my schedule a little bit. I didn't just sit on my phone or talk to buddies for an hour, I used my time more wisely and put my effort into working on something much more productive. On this particular Monday, I found myself spending my time doing important and urgent tasks. I was working on homework or in class for over half the day, which to me qualifies as urgent and important. I say urgent as in needs to be done now sooner than later, not life or death urgent. For example, a homework assignment due tomorrow morning would be pretty important and urgent to do it tonight instead of missing the assignment and paying the consequences of a bad grade. So, I spent most of my day in the 1st quadrant dealing with important and urgent tasks. The rest of my day consisted of taking a short nap, cooking and eating. Which are not all that urgent but they are important. We all need to eat and sleep! So the second half of that Monday was primarily spent in quadrant 2. I think I followed my schedule very closely, as I usually do. So as I previously stated, I am a creature of habit so my schedule doesn't change much day-to-day or week-to-week nor do I ever deviate too far from my original plans or schedule. Therefore, I do not find it necessary to revise my scheduling patterns or planning methods. The way I plan, schedule, and study works well for me.
Journal for 2-21-17
Tuesdays are definitely one of my busiest days. Tuesday the 21st in particular, I had three classes to go to, all of which were back to back. That morning I got to sleep in a little bit and didn't wake up until 9:30 so I had enough time to wake up, eat, get dressed, and leave the house by 10:00. I always try to leave by 10:00 or earlier so I have plenty of time to find a good parking space on campus, either in Brooks or the Pit. My first class on Tuesdays and Thursdays starts at 11:00 so the roads and parking lots are always crazy busy. But once I find my parking space I walk to Sirrine for my first class, ECON 302. That class typically lets out no later than 12:15 which usually gives me plenty of time to walk back to the Academic Success Center for our CU 1010 class. After CU 1010, I just have a short walk to Poole (P&A) for my last class of the day which is AGRB 319 which starts at 2:00 and is over roughly around 3:15. After class I just went straight home, checked Blackboard and Canvas, and ate a light snack because I missed lunch because of class. Then around 6:00-6:30 I started working on my STAT homework, ENR assignments, and this portfolio for CU 1010. I spent exactly an hour on each subject I needed to work on that day. Afterwards I went to bed between 9:30 and 10:00. On this Tuesday, I would say I spent the majority of my time in quadrant 1. Sitting through class, working on homework, and completing assignments before the deadline are all important to me and urgent in order to get the desired grade. I think I stuck to my schedule 100% this day because I did not deviate at all from what I set out to accomplish. Also, I completed everything I set out to do on time and with high quality work.
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