Time Management Tips for
During the first months in the graduate
school, you feel so excited about the level of your
studies. But later on, you seem to be discouraged and
very much stressed. Graduate Students will always complain that
they have plenty of things to do but very little time to
accomplish them. How are you going to keep your sanity if
you are full of course requirements, teaching, researches and
the demands of your life?
In order to be free from being
burned out and drained from your energies, you
should do something in managing your time, that is, you will
have to note down your days and make a progress report of your
goals. It has been said that time is
gold. Time is one of the most valuable resources of
man. You are supposed to use it wisely. When you
lose it, it will never come back again. Make the most of
it. This is where time management will apply.
Time management will have a key
role for your success in the graduate school. When you
use time management, it does not mean you will be able to slow
down or speed up the time. The success of time management
lies on you. It is actually how you manage
Moreover, you will be using
techniques of time management in order to be organized.
If you are not organized, then everything will be in
disarray. It is then necessary to put things in order so
as to achieve efficient and effective performance. And
this will encourage you to be more productive and
contented. Time management simply pertains to your
responsibilities and the choices you have made in using your
We have the following time
management tips for graduate students.
1. You will have to make
use of a calendar and school planner. Put some space
where you will record your appointments, lists to do and
assignments. Make use of a yearly, monthly, and weekly
You are required by the
graduate school on long term perspective of time.
Formulate a plan at least two years ahead with a yearly
calendar which will be divided into months.
2. Take your time in
planning and organizing. Everyday make it a point to
check your calendar, take note of your future assignments, and
your lists must be updated.
3. Divide the tasks and
assignments into smaller parts. It will be manageable and
easier to accomplish.
4. You should be able to
identify your set of goals and the deadlines to achieve
them. An example for this is when you set deadlines which
are realistic for every phase of finishing a large assignment
like the term paper.
5. You must classify your
tasks and lists according to priority. The total picture
must be taken into account. You decide which is the most
important among your tasks and lists. Which assignment
will be due this week? Which assignment is not
6. You must be flexible
all the time. Be aware that there will always be
distractions and interruptions which will hinder your daily
schedule. Make room for necessary adjustments of your
7. You should be able to
know the time wherein you are very productive. Identify
your biological highs and lows. Are you at your best in
the morning? Or are you an afternoon person? Plan
your whole day properly. You must reserve the most
difficult task during the time when you are at your best to do
8. Do not be ashamed to
say no to a person if you unable to do it. It is
something that you are honest with him. There are
occasions wherein you will be given additional courses,
responsibilities of job, activities which outside your
schedule. Try to examine carefully how relevant they are
to you, before you decide to accept them.
9. The time wasted must
be used properly for productive purposes. Are you aware
that you spend so much time while commuting, standing in lines
waiting for your turn, and waiting for your doctor,
adviser or a friend.
Always bring a pocketbook so as
to utilize the time which will be wasted. Take with you a
minor assignment which could be done easily. You
could use the time to make some changes in your planner and for
self organization. With the additional number of minutes,
you will be able to achieve more.