You are not alone in your struggles with time management. According to Ralph Heibutzki of Demand Media, “About 25 percent of students become chronic procrastinators, the University at Buffalo's counseling office advises. Such behaviors have many root causes, including fear of failure, lack of motivation and uncertain priorities and can make you feel more inclined to hang out with friends. However, a consistent pattern of missing deadlines will cause your grades to slip and jeopardize your academic future.” The consequences of poor time management skills can result in declining academic performance, and is often exacerbated by poor sleep patterns and poor nutrition. Students who do not get these behaviors in check can find themselves facing academic probation or even dismissal.
Resources for Time Management:
- Time Management Tips for Students
- Sleep = Better Time Management = Better Studying!!
- The Science of Procrastination - And How To Manage It
- Study Planning Tool
- Test Debrief and Planning Tool
- 5-Day Study Plan
- Life Hack’s Answer to avoiding Parkingson’s Law that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. “Make a list of your tasks, and divide them up by the amount of time it takes to complete them. Then give yourself half that time to complete each task. You have to see making the time limit as crucial. Treat it like any other deadline. Part of reversing what we’ve been indoctrinated with (work harder, not smarter) is to see the deadlines you set for yourself as unbreakable – just like the deadlines your... [instructors] set.”
Long-term Paper/Assignment Planning
Students often find they have multiple long-term projects or papers that constitute the majority of their grade in a course. Get a head start on planning and increase your likelihood for success on these assignments using Boston University's Educational Resource Center Long Term Assignment Planning worksheet.
Motivation and Time Management
Have you ever felt that motivation, or lack there of, might be your biggest obstacle to effective time management? Well, you are not alone! Watch these engaging episodes by the Indiana University at Bloomington's Student Academic Center:
What motivates you? Are intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?
Looking at this video, your first reaction might be, I don't have time for that! Trust us, you do!