1. Have, maintain, and
use a semester calendar to indicate when major projects will be
due, exams will be given, and events will be held. Plan ahead to
minimize the effect of "crunch" periods.
2. Keep and use a date book for appointments,
meetings, classes, and errands.
3. Take time each week to overview what is
coming up the next week and plan time for doing assignments,
projects, errands, etc. Ask yourself, "What are my goals
for the week?"
4. Maintain an ongoing list of things to do.
Better yet, prioritize your "things to do"
according to their importance.
5. Use small bits of time effectively. In fifteen
minutes you can review, edit, and revise your notes from a recent
lecture. Think about other ways to effectively use these small
bits of time between classes and meetings. Ask yourself, "What
is the best use of my time right now?"
6. Know what times of day are best for you
mentally and physically. Use that information to help you plan
7. Handle each piece of paper once. Stop shuffling
paper from one pile to the next. Make a decision about what to
do with the paper and do it.
8. Have a tough task to do? Do it now. Don't
procrastinate. If the task looks overwhelming, Use the Swiss
cheese principle: Bite off small holes in that block.
9. Take time for you: exercise, cultural activities,
relationships, and sleep, otherwise, stress will mount and your
quality of life will plummet.
10. Learn to say, "No!"