A behavior or plan cannot be modified if you don't know what is happening. Download the Time Management Record as well as the Semester on a Page and follow these steps. You may also refer to the Learning Resources section of the Willamette Student Handbook given to freshmen at registration and placed in returning students' mailboxes.
- Step 1: Take a baseline. What do I do with my time. For one week, write the class schedule, work schedule, etc. under "Plan".
- Step 2: Include planned study time as well.
- Step 3: Under "Actual", keep track of what I actually did.
- Step 4: At the bottom, total the number of hours "planned" to study that day and number of hours "actually" studied.
- Step 5: Analyze and make adjustments.
- Step 6: Using the Academic Planner section of your Willamette Student Handbook, and this Time Management Record as a guideline, record your routine activities for each day as scheduled. Under the "Priorities Section", list the non-negotiables you must do that day that are not routine.
- Step 7: Remember to plan for exercise and to be reasonable with yourself leaving enough time to sleep, clean your room, run errands, hang out with friends, go to movies, etc. Keep your schedule as a guideline, allowing for flexibility.
- Step 8: Review and update your schedule each week taking into consideration special events for that week. If you are having difficulty, seek help. Counseling Center, Learning Services.