Now that you’ve learned a few theories and philosophies that support time management and how to handle situations that could potentially arise at any given moment, you’ll need to figure out where all your time is currently being spent. To be successful in a distance learning environment, you need to know where your time is dedicated and where you can make adjustments to try to fit in the pursuit of a degree.
Time Use Chart
First, you need to complete an audit of your time. How are you currently spending your time? Keep a record of all your time commitments in 30-minute intervals for 24-hours each day for one week. Be sure to include the time you work, sleep, have family obligations, spend on social media or in social situations, and any other commitments that are part of your life during that week. Use this Time Use Chart (DOCX) chart to record everything you do during each half-hour period of a week that you choose. At the end of the week, create a summary of your activities to see how you spend your time.
Once you’ve accomplished this time audit, ask yourself:
- Is there anything that is classified as a time waster? If so, can it be removed to free up time for other more worthwhile activities?
- Are there interests or hobbies where large amounts of time is being spent? Could these blocks of time be decreased some for other pursuits?
Implementing Scheduling Strategies and Tips
Now that you have a better idea of where your time is being spent, your best offense is having a strong defense. Employing some simple scheduling strategies will help avoid possible future issues when managing your time. By utilizing some of the following tips you can create the best environment for success when pursuing a degree.