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Managing Time

  • Join a Time Management workshop at The Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Keep track of your activities (i.e., classes, meetings, study time, breaks) in a planner such as Google Calendar, which is available through your e-mail account and can be synced across all devices.  Review 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. 
  • Set boundaries. 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. 
  • 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 laziness!
  • Pad your schedule; if you think that a task will take two hours, schedule 2.5 or 3 just in case.