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Time Management - what does it mean?

Put simply, time management is making the most of every 24 hours. Time is irreplaceable. Once it is gone, it cannot be recreated. But, with some planning, most people can use time more productively. The first step is to set goals for yourself. Think about what you want to achieve, not just today but for your future. List the steps you must take to meet these goals. Because you are a student, your goals will most likely include successful completion of the classes you need to take to receive your diploma or certificate.

Students have many activities which are required for the completion of a course, or a degree. They also have lives outside of the classroom and college. Putting activities related to their class work into their lives seems to create situations where there are too many things to do and not enough time. How can you overcome this?

  • Prioritize all activities required to meet your goals - use the Quadrant Time Management System
  • Organize your time - use tools like monthly calendars, next action lists, and tracking forms


As you think about your time, decide whether actions you schedule are dated, achievable, personal, positive and specific. The DAPPS rule helps to keep your activities from being vague and helps you relate them to your goals (Downing 59-60).