Monitor your time. Discover how you use time. Write it down.
- To Do List – “Today I will…” list
- Do it now
- Do it later (schedule a time)
- Get someone else to do it (study groups – everyone does their part)
- Put your work aside and come back to it later.
Daily or Weekly Planner
- Class time
- Free time
- Study time
Long-term Calendars – Write down exam dates and report due dates.
Making the most of your time
- Reward yourself after studying
- Have quiet study area (no TV, phone calls)
- Identify your best times to study – use prime time for difficult subjects
- Short study periods (take a break between them)
- Use 3×5 cards – carry in your pocket for reviewing anywhere
- Learn to say no – avoid making too many commitments
Starting on a large project
Ask yourself questions
- When will I start?
- What will I do first?
- How long will it take to complete?
- Who can I ask for assistance?
- What resources will I use?
Divide and conquer
- Write down steps
- Get more information
- Set the stage (clean off desk)
- Review notes
Plan next step
- Change to another task
- Take a break
- Move to another environment (another room or library)
Steps to Avoid Procrastination
|1. Make it meaningful (find what’s in it for you).||Monday|
|2. Take it apart (small task).||Tuesday|
|3. Write it down (make a contract; give it to someone).||Wednesday|
|4. Tell everyone what your commitment is.||Thursday|
|5. Find a reward (when task is done, do something you like).||Friday|
|6. Settle it now (don’t put it off).||Saturday|
|7. Say no; don’t do it.||Sunday|
Now you can say the days of the week to remind yourself of the steps to avoid procrastination!