Life is a series of choices. Where you find yourself currently is a result of choices that were made in your past. They may have been choices your parents made for you along with some choices you made for yourself. But make no mistake about it. As you proceed from here on, the choices are more and more yours to make. What you do with your time, or how you choose to use your time, especially that portion of uncommitted time that you have each day will be a major factor in how much pride you have in yourself and where you find yourself in five years and ten years and so on.
It is important that you first get a handle on where those big chunks of committed time are currently in your weekly schedule in order to see where the available periods fall of uncommitted time that can be put to better use. It is important to understand that you are not undertaking a project that is going to take away all of your leisure time. What you are attempting to do is to get a handle on how much of that time is available and where much needed time for relaxation and recreation can best be made available. Successful business people have been taught for years that the best way to become successful is to make a plan and then work your plan. That principle works for students just as well.
The first thing you will need is a Monthly calendar. This is a very inexpensive purchase for the amount of help it will give you in scheduling your time. Usually the ones that work best are the 8 1/2" x 11" size that fit in a binder or folder and can be carried with you. You want to sit down and enter those occasions that are important to you for the upcoming year. Things like when Christmas break starts, when you have to be back to school, when Spring break starts, your class schedule, last day of school, your Mom's birthday, as much of your work schedule as you may have and all the other things you don't want to forget. Once you have looked at each month and entered important events on the appropriate dates you want to go back and take a look at the current month and enter the blocks of committed time into each week. This will be your reference guide for each month. This is what you will refer to when preparing your weekly schedule for the upcoming week.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013