Managing Time

  • The Center for Teaching and Learning offers Time Management workshops and other academic strategies workshops.
  • Track your classes, meetings, office hours, study time, appointments, parties, lunch dates, etc. in a planner such as Google Calendar, which is available through your yale.edu e-mail account and can be synced across all devices.  Be sure to check your schedule each morning or evening to prepare for the day. 
  • Keep a “to-do” list so that you can check off tasks as you complete them – also available through Google Calendar, which will sync with due dates.
  • Prioritize tasks by focusing on high priority tasks first and reschedule less important matters for another time. 
  • It’s okay to say NO! There are simply not enough hours in the day to do everything Yale and New Haven have to offer. Set boundaries with others when they request your time and participation.
  • Get enough sleep! Your academic performance will be impaired after an all-nighter.  The research says so! 
  • Schedule a block of time every day to relax (or do nothing) – see this as productive recharging time that will benefit your work. 
  • Leave time in your schedule for the inevitable unexpected situations – blank space in your schedule is a sign of preparation, not of laziness!
  • Pad your schedule; e.g. if you think that a task will take two hours, schedule 2.5 or 3 just in case.
  • Still feeling stuck?  Meet one-on-one with the Health Educator to brainstorm time- and stress-management strategies.