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College can be quite demanding.  Time management is the most fundamental organizational skill you will need to succeed in college. 

When you were younger, someone else made this happen.  For instance, your parents may have kept your important records organized and in a safe place, made doctor appointments or reminded you of upcoming deadlines. Now, it is up to you.

Watch this short video for inspiration on this topic.

Time Management Calculator

Weekly Activity Hours

  Number of Hours per Day Number of Days per week Number of hours per week
On the average, how many hours do you sleep in each 24 hour period, including those afternoon naps?
On the average, how many hours a day do you engage in grooming activities?
On the average, how many hours a day do you spend on meals, including preparation and clean-up time?
How much time do you spend commuting to and from campus and how many times do you do this during a week? Include the amount of time it takes to park and walk from your car or the bus stop to class.
On the average, how many hours a day do you spend doing errands?
On the average, how many hours do you spend each week doing co-curricular activities (student organizations, working out, church, etc.)?
On the average, how many hours a week do you work at a job?
How many hours do you spend in class each week?
On the average, how many hours per week do you spend with friends, going out, watching TV, going to parties, etc?
Compute the number of hours you are spending each week engaged in daily living activities and school activities.

Available Study Hours

There are 168 hours in a week. Find out how many hours remain for studying, since this is not one of the activities included above. 168
Subtract total daily living and school activities. -
How many hours remain for studying

Tools and Strategies

Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to get a lot done? Do you ever wish you were able to get more accomplished in your day, week or year? If so, you may want to take inventory of the time management strategies that you currently use. Are they effective?  

Here are some time management tips, tools and strategies that may help you be a better manager of your time.

Plan and PrioritizeWilliam Penn Quote

  • Identify your long-term and short term goals and place them in order of priority. 
  • In order to accomplish your goals, planning can help you identify and prioritize, so that you can work on them in a strategic way. While planning does take time and effort, the result of planning may in fact save you time in the long run.


  • In order to make a schedule you first need to find out where your time actually goes. If you complete the time management calculator, you will have a better idea of how you are spending your time.  Remember, it doesn’t track all activities during the week.
  • To get a more specific idea of where your time is going, complete the “Weekly Planner” and log exactly where your time is going for one week.  You may be surprised to discover you surfed the web for an hour or that you spent 2 hours on social media.
  • At the beginning of the semester make a semester calendar, including large assignments, projects, scheduled tests and quizzes.
  • From the information you placed on the semester calendar, make a weekly list. This is your opportunity to use your strategic planning skills to break down big assignments, projects, reading assignments into do-able parts.  Figure out how many hours you plan on study. Most colleges recommend students plan on 2-3 hours of studying for each hour a student is enrolled. So, if you are enrolled in 15 credit hours, you will need approximately 30 hours of study time a week outside of the classroom.     
  • From the weekly list, you are now ready to make a daily to-do list. This is where you list items you need to complete that may or may not be school related.
  • Once you schedule items on your weekly and daily list, rate each item in order of importance. When deciding what goes on the list, consider these questions:
    • What I should do vs. what I want to do?
    • What is valuable vs. what is urgent?

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