Organize your academic and social life.
By organizing your time, you can manage to get all of your homework/projects done, work, spend time with family, and have time for your friends.
Time management workshop (sign-in as LSU student or guest)
A semester calendar helps to form the “Big Picture”. This calendar will have many of the important dates you will need for effective planning (e.g. holidays, drop/add dates, midterms and final exams, etc.)
Setting up your semester calendar
Drafting a weekly calendar will help you get a better perspective on your time availability. This process will help you begin to evaluate and balance your academic, social, work, and personal activities.
|Select a type of calendar||Any week at-a-glance calendar, showing half-hour segments such as the CAS weekly calendar, but any of these can work: paper calendar, Google online, create your own.|
|Block out fixed commitments||Classes, weekly social/organizational meetings, work, and other events such as meals, exercise, etc.|
|Identify open time||Schedule several “Focused Study Sessions” (FSS) per class each week. These are 30-50 minute blocks for concentrated study on a particular subject.|
|Group activities together||If you have two papers to write, you can complete all your library work in one visit or another example would be to plan to study with a friend while you are both doing laundry.|
|Complete items before they are due||We all know that printers run out of ink, friends call with urgent problems, etc. Allow yourself breathing room to review your work and turn it in on time.|
|Schedule breaks||Strive for balance in your life; take a walk, have a snack, call a friend.|
|Be flexible with your plan, and plan for flexibility||For instance, you may find that the two intense study sessions you allotted for working on a research paper were not enough. If you still feel energetic and focused, continue to work on the project, even though that block of time was reserved for another assignment.|
Manage the minutes of your day by creating a to-do list.
|Make a list||List tasks on a to-do list consisting of that day's commitments transferred from your weekly calendar and any items left over from the previous day.|
|Divide and chunk||Divide larger tasks/projects into manageable goals (chunks), listing them, and checking them off as you complete. For example: If you have three chapters to read, think of each chapter as a separate goal, dividing the chapters into sections.|
|Prioritize||Rank items in order of importance by numbering, or code with “A”, “B” etc., If you need to group activities together, then number, “1, 2, 3, etc.” Consider what needs to be accomplished today, and what can perhaps be moved forward.|
|Create a schedule||Evaluate your current day’s schedule. Schedule in your high priority items first, next important, and if time, things you’d like to do that are not essential.|
|Check it off||Update your daily to-do list at the end of the day. This gives you a sense of accomplishment for the day's activities and prepares you for a quick start the next day.|
Using a master to-do list for the week is also beneficial. Each week, write your courses down and list all of your assignments. You can also use this list when studying by writing in each column the information you need to know for that chapter.