Time Management: How-To Plan Ahead

Life is full of activities, deadlines, and events. The key to effectively balancing your daily responsibilities is time management. Planning your time makes it much easier to set aside time to study and complete your schoolwork.

Todd Lawton
Todd Lawton, World Campus Academic Adviser

With the fall semester getting started, now is a great time to revisit your time management techniques. A group of World Campus advisers led by Todd Lawton created the following planning strategies to help you!

Calendar Your Semester

Take a look at your semester long calendar and find the spots in your day that are not already blocked off. Make a to-do list that can be completed in those open spots to manage your time.

Helpful Hints on Creating Your Calendar:

  1. Use an easily accessed monthly calendar like the one found on the World Campus site
  2. Record important dates from your course syllabus
  3. Mark down important events
  4. Review your calendar every month
  5. Don’t wait until the end of the month before looking at the next month’s schedule

For more tips and suggestions, visit the World Campus site.

Calendar Example
An example of a time management calendar.

Schedule Each Week

We’ve created a PDF of a blank weekly calendar, as well as an example of a filled-out calendar, which you can download from the World Campus website. Use a highlighter on your calendar to mark regular and not-so-regular activities, and then incorporate the best times for studying.

Make a Daily To-Do List

Each day you should create a to-do list for the next day. This will allow you to prioritize what you need to get done and help you plan the following day.

Plan ahead and make a routine to keep yourself on track. Make it easier for yourself – start planning now!