Control of your Calendar

Controlling your schedule and your distractions will help you to accomplish your goals.

If you are in control of your calendar, you will be able to complete your assignments and stay on top of your coursework. The following are steps to getting control of your calendar:

  1. On the same day each week, (perhaps Sunday nights or Saturday mornings) plan out your schedule for the week.
  2. Go through each class and write down what you’d like to get completed for each class that week.
  3. Look at your calendar and determine how many hours you have to complete your work.
  4. Determine whether your list can be completed in the amount of time that you have available. (You may want to put the amount of time expected to complete each assignment.) Make adjustments as needed. For example, if you find that it will take more hours to complete your work than you have available, you will likely need to triage your readings. Completing all of the readings is a luxury. You will need to make decisions about your readings based on what is covered in class. You should read and take notes on all of the assignments from the favored class source (the one that is used a lot in the class). This may be the textbook or a reading that directly addresses the topic for the day. You can likely skim supplemental readings.
  5. Pencil into your calendar when you plan to get assignments completed.
  6. Before going to bed each night, make your plan for the next day. Waking up with a plan will make you more productive.

See a handout on calendars and college for more tips on using calendars as time management.