Putting It All Together
The other modules in the Time Management guide teach the skills needed to create a weekly schedule, semester plan, and task list. This final module will look at how these tools can work together to help you master time and task management. Staying organized and giving yourself enough time to do your best work will help you to reduce your stress.
✓ Learn about each tool first. View the modules on Weekly Schedules, Semester Plans, and Task Lists to learn how to create each of these tools.
✓ Find tasks in the semester plan. The semester plan will tell you if you have things you should be working on, so you can add these things to your task list.
✓ Add your tasks to your weekly schedule. Once you know what you need to do, you can add the tasks in the spots in your weekly schedule for school work and personal commitments.
Using Time Management Tools Together
Now that you have learned how to create a weekly schedule, semester plan, and task list, it’s time to think about how these three tools can work together. Watch the video (The Learning Online Portal, 2020) or read the instructions below to find out how to use these time management tools together.
How to put it all together
Ideally, once you have created your semester plan and weekly schedule, the task list becomes a bridge between upcoming deadlines and your schedule. Follow these steps:
Look at your semester plan. What needs to be done for your courses this week? Look ahead; is there anything big coming up in the next few weeks that you should get started on now?
Write down these upcoming items to create your daily task list. Don’t forget to add important personal commitments, such as appointments or getting groceries. Add time estimates for each item, then prioritize using the ABC 123 method, which will help you to identify the key tasks to complete that day.
Look at your weekly schedule and figure out when you will complete each task. Look for blocks of time that you have specifically set aside for school or personal commitments. If you have a lot to accomplish on your list this week, you may need to find additional time in your schedule to get everything done.