Time Management Strategies by Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University
Wasting time is a severe problem – people waste two hours a day
- Messy desk or files
- Can’t find things
- Miss appointments or are late or unprepared for class or meetings
Goals, priorities, planning
- Why am I doing this?
- What is the goal?
- Why will I succeed?
- What happens if I choose not to do it?
- Failing to plan is planning to fail
- Plan EACH DAY, EACH WEEK, EACH SEMESTER
- You can change your plan, but you have to have one to change!
- The four-quadrant To Do List
- Break things down into small steps
- Do the ugliest (or most challenging thing) first
- Schedule yourself
- You MAKE time to do important things, you don’t find it.
- Learn to say no
Seven habits you can adopt now to better manage your time
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first – remember WIN – What’s Important Now
- Think win/win
- Seek first to be understanding, then to be understood
- Synergize – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
- Sharpen the saw – Renew yourself through reading, planning, writing, study and meditation, service, empathy, exercise, good nutrition, and stress management
Exam and Test Preparation Tips
- Plan ahead.
- Bring several writing implements.
- Use time wisely, wear a watch.
- Map out your work.
- Don’t rush.
- Don’t panic.
- Elaborate on your answers where time permits.
- Refer back to the question to ensure you are answering what was asked.
- Concentrate on punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Write neatly.
- Jot an outline of your essay in the margin before beginning.
- Leave time to review and edit.