A Series from the UConn School of Business
Managing Your Time Effectively

Time management can be a difficult task and there will be things that happen which are out of your control. Knowing how to prioritize assignments based on both due date and time/effort will help you to feel more in control. Remembering what motivates you can also be one of the best supportive skills when managing your time.

  • Find Your Efficiency: Key skills that serve as cornerstones to time management that will be needed in school as well as the working business world

  • Be Strategic: College is a great time to learn what versions of time management work for you as an individual so be sure to try out new techniques when possible
Find Your Efficiency
Three particular skills separate time management success from failure:

  • Awareness: thinking realistically about your time by understanding it is a limited resource
  • Arrangement: designing and organizing your goals, plans, schedules, and tasks to effectively use time.
  • Adaptation: monitoring your use of time while performing activities, including adjusting to interruptions or changing priorities

All of the skills can be developed and are address in their article, take a look to see which suggestions will work for you to try.
Websites and Apps To Help Track Your Time
Be Strategic
  • Time Blocking: Devote chunks of time to a specific task or assignment
  • For every hour of class you attend, plan to study for 2-3 hours
  • Be sure to also block off break time

  • Color Coding:
  • By class, by type of activity, by due date – do what works for you!

  • Plan Ahead: Plan time weekly to plan your time for the week J It is more manageable and habitual.
  • Look out for assignments you know will take you longer/you will need time for extra help on.
  • Consider the M.I.T. (Most Important Tasks) approach of doing these things at the beginning of the day so you don’t get interrupted or to tired.

  • Track Your Time: Know how you are spending your time and consistently be improving efficiency
  • Time Limits: try to limit how long you spend on individual projects to encourage you to stay on task.

  • To Do List: Seeing what needs to get done (even for the hour ahead of you) and being able to cross it off can be so satisfying!
Academic Achievement Center
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