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Time Management: Your Time Budget

Questions to Consider

On what activity do you spend the most amount of time?
On what activity do you spend the least amount of time?
What needs to change for you to be successful?

You spent the last 12+ years having everything decided for you. Think about it; your meals, class schedule, co-curriculars, bed times, work hours, and weekends were all structured by teachers, parents, coaches, employers, and so on. Now you are in college where no one controls your time except YOU. Here are a few hints on how to get started with taking control of your time.

Time Budget Instructions: 

1) Start with the Actual column and honestly fill in how many hours you spend during a 7-day week (including weekends) on each activity category. If there is something that you do that does not have its own category, place it by miscellaneous. Then, total the number of hours you are spending and subtract it from 168, which is the total number of hours in a 7-day week. How many hours do you have left?

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What do those left over hours mean? If you have fewer than 10 hours remaining, you may have too many obligations and may need to eliminate some. If you have more than 20-25 hours left over, you are probably not structuring your days as you should. Being structured will help you to make sure that all of your priorities are completed, and it will also ensure that you will have time for yourself to do the things you enjoy.

2) Now use the Ideal/Goal column to list the number of hours you would like to spend on each category in order to be successful. Keep in mind that you are here to be academically successful, but you must also have a balanced schedule with time for recreation and friends. HINT: Each W&M student should spend three to four hours a day, seven days a week studying.

Activity
Actual
Ideal / Goal
Class Time (# of hours sitting in class and lab)
Studying (reading, homework, papers, etc.)
Employment or Volunteer Time
Sleeping
Eating
Hygiene/Grooming
Recreational Activities (exercise, shopping, etc.)
Involvement (student organizations, clubs, Greeks, etc.)
Watching TV, Time on Computer (IM, X-Box, etc.)
Social Time (friends, phone, etc.)
Miscellaneous (errands, laundry, travel time, etc.)
Total Hours

 

168 - _____ (TOTAL HOURS) = _____ (REMAINING TIME)

Your To-Do List and Master Calendar (pdf)