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ASC Success Strategies: Time Management

Time Management

For some of you, of course, a discussion on procrastination might be frustrating. Folks that procrastinate actually have time; they just don’t know how to use it. But what if you don’t have time…like at all?

If you feel like you’re short on time or are unclear on now to find more time (particularly to study), we recommend employing WellCast’s (2012) RAC method as introduced in this video. Here you’ll find out how to record (R), analyze (A), and change (C) the way you spend your day, and, well, find more time. You’ll want to make sure you print out WellCast’s day planner as well, as this will help you in the application of RAC.

We also recommend supplementing what you’ve learned about RAC with examtime’s (2013) blog post, “What is the Best Time to Study? Day vs Night.” Here you’re invited to consider your preferred studying experience and presented with a number of helpful tips to help you get the most out of that experience.

Finally, to carve out time for projects that are going to take you more than one day (or night) to complete, you’ll want to think about your time more broadly, not in hour, but it day or even weeks. To help you with this process, we happily recommend Productive Flourishing’s set of free planners. What’s unique about these is that they consider “not the amount of time [the user has] available,” as traditional planners tend to do, “but rather the type of time [the user has] available” (Productive Flourishing, 2014, para. 2). The latter approach is something we think certainly could be applicable for most of you as working professionals.

Productive Flourishing’s current set of planners include “The Action Planner Series,” “The Productivity Jumpstarter,” and “The Productivity Heatmap.” Tools like the Walden Writing Center’s weekly writing assignment planner and the University of Minnesota’s assignment calculator are also great for conceptualizing and planning for your due dates.

References

Examtime. (2013). What is the best time to study? Day vs night. Retrieved from  https://www.examtime.com/blog/best-time-to-study/Productive Flourishing. (2014).

Free planners. Retrieved from http://www.productiveflourishing.com/free-planners/

WellCast (Producer). (2012). Time management solutions [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUk6LXRZMMk&index=5&list=PLqldimk4xUglruIweUgdm3JWIQMDaJKTE