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Setting goals and making a schedule
print this out and complete it!)

Set Your Goals:

List your
major goals:

more important

less important

long term    
long/short term    
short term    


Determine how you spend your time:

Column I:   
list the amount of time you spend in weekly activities in hours.

Column II:
multiply your recurring daily activities by five (weekdays) or seven (weekly) to estimate the number of hours you engage in these recurring activities in a week.

Class time

Study Time


Volunteer Activities


Regularly scheduled functions

(clubs, church, etc.)

Socializing with friends

Chores and Errands












Commuting/Travel time (multiplied by 5=)

Meal preparation/eating (multiplied by 7=)

Personal care (multiplied by 7=)

Sleep (multiplied by 7=)





Total A:


Total B:

Total A + B = Total C:   ______ hours
There are 168 hours in a week.   Subtract Total C from 168 = _____ Uncommitted hours (168 - total C)

Evaluate Your Time Management:

  • How much time have you set aside to meet your goals (above)?
  • Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?
  • Can your uncommitted hours be reallocated to meet your priorities?

List four activities you would like to do in your uncommitted time

Make your schedule:

Semester Calendar:

  • Pick up a copy of  your institution's semester calendar
  • Enter important dates, such as mid-term and final exams, holidays, breaks, study days, etc.
  • Enter dates for course quizzes and exams, important papers and projects, even social activities!
  • Post this schedule in your study area for referral and review, and to chart your progress

This is the macro view:  don’t include too much detail

Projected weekly schedule

  • Fill in all on-going activities, such as classes, study times, appointments, work, and social events.

This is the micro view:  plan your activities in blocks of hours throughout the week

Actual weekly schedule

  • Modify and detail the Projected Weekly Schedule
  • Evaluate your time usage for modification according to priorities
  • Are you using your time to best achieve your goals?
  • Are you studying when you said you would?
  • Can you identify areas when you can use your time more efficiently?

Daily schedule or "To Do List"

  • Complete the night before or the first thing each morning.
  • Include things you intend to accomplish that day, including assignments, appointments, and errands
  • Check off items you have done to give yourself a sense of completion

Benefits of Following a Schedule:

  • Written plans make responsibilities seem more manageable and less overwhelming
  • Scheduled tasks are more likely to be completed
  • If you are current on reading and homework assignments, you will avoid the need for last-minute cramming for tests