The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as
effective as a rightly timed pause.
Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910
Time management series
My school calendar; my goals:
(This is the big picture, don't include too much detail)
- Pick up a copy of your school's term/semester calendar
- Develop a calendar of important dates for your classes:
Tests, papers, projects, readings, mid-term and final exams, holidays,
breaks, study days, etc.
- Enter important dates for your work, social and family life
- Each week develop a daily schedule
includes routines and important dates
- Post this schedule in your study area
referral and review, and to mark your progress
- Each evening develop a schedule to help you organize the
include routines, errands and important
- Review each day's schedule that morning
Making a habit of the above suggestions will be a product of
Motivation! | Trial and error! | Practice!
- Document the sequence!
Note that you need to
write these down, either for posting on a wall,
or better yet,
entered into your computer for reminders, especially 4-7.
- Commit to a trial period
Three to four weeks
or a month...
Think of the schedule as an experiment, but commit yourself to
- Think of this as an "organizer"
than a task list. Your to do lists, etc. are part of #2.
Set your computer calendar to remind yourself of important events
as numbers 4 - 7
- Relate this schedule to a reward
it prominently as an incentive in your room.
If you need to give
up something, replace it with an postitive benefit.
- Find someone to partner with, or adopt a role model
so that you can find reinforcement. The person will not have the
same school, family or work schedule, but can be there to encourage
- Don't expect perfection
it is the enemy of
You are developing a new or altered way of achieving your
goals. Sometimes, there will be events that interfere, and are
cause for re-evaluating this schedule.
How did you do?
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