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Time Managing Tips

Developing and perfecting Time-Management skills is critical to your success as a college student.  College students' abilities may vary greatly, but all students want to succeed.  The difference between success and failure is often the person's ability to organize and manage time and to set priorities.  Effective Time-Management can elevate an average student's performance significantly.  Time Management is a set of related common-sense skills that help you to use your time in the most effective and productive way possible.

What Is Time?

  • Time is unique.
  • Time is an equal opportunity resource.
  • Time can not be saved or stockpiled, like wood.
  • Time is a non-renewable resource.

Time Evaluation Tools

Evaluate your own personal time management techniques and see where your time goes.

Time Management Can Help

Time Management can help in some major ways.  It can help you spend your most valuable resource in the way you choose.  With Time Management you can determine which of the things you do are important, and which can be dropped.  Use your time in the most effective way possible.  Increase the time in which you can work productively.  Control the distractions that waste your time and break your flow.  Increase your effectiveness and reduce stress.

Reduce Stress With Time Management

Reduction of stress through Time Management can be easy.  It involves:  Being more in control of what you do; Being productive; Enjoying what you do; Giving yourself more quality time to relax and enjoy life outside work.

Why don't people manage their time?

People do not manage their time for some specific reasons.  They may not know about it.  They may be too lazy to plan.  They may enjoy the adrenaline buzz of meeting tight deadlines.  They may enjoy crisis management.

Time Management "How To" Areas

Time Management is often broken down into major "how to" areas.  Some of the more important "how to" areas covered here include:  Evaluating your use of time; Focusing on your priorities; Planning for effective use of time; Using time more effectively; Creating more time; Avoiding distractions.

PASS's 25 Ways Of Maximizing Now


Sometimes you need to be in several places at once, but of course you can't be.  In order to make these situations less frustrating, you must learn to set priorities.  Place a 1 by those items that absolutely must be done on this day if you are to avoid a major crisis.  Place a 2 by those items that should be done today if possible because they are important, and further delay of these items could create a stressful situation and become a major problem.  Place a 3 by those items that could be done today if time permits, but have no major bearing on your overall goals and objectives.


Planning can be considered to be an investment in efficiency and success.  Planning is the process by which you work out what you want to achieve, and think through the who, what, when, where, why and how of achieving that goal in the most effective way possible. Concentrate on only those tasks important to achieving your goal.

Guidelines To Effective Planning

SSS's Printable Weekly Planner

SSS's Printable Weekly "To Do" List

Work Guidelines

Work as long as you continue to be productive and don't feel that you are getting stale and performing inadequately.  Many people are able to concentrate on visual or auditory stimuli for only about 20 to 30 minutes before they begin to make errors.  Cramming rarely works.  Some people are able to concentrate effectively for longer periods of time, and some people for shorter periods.  You will need to determine your own ability to concentrate, and plan your study sessions accordingly.  Keeping up too strenuous a schedule for a long period of time will lead to a burn-out from stress.  You will do what you feel like you need to do to survive.


A lot of things can affect your concentration.  We call these things distractions.  Some of the more prominent distractions include frustration, time of day, noise, hunger, and environment.  This is in no way a complete list of distractions.  They can take on any form.

Some Useful Time Management Links