PLANNING AND USING A DAILY SCHEDULE
Using time intelligently can contribute to your academic success. This exercise is designed to assist you
in planning a Daily Schedule. In doing so, it will help you to develop a time management chart, avoid
procrastination, and take control of your time. As you read through the instructions and set-up your schedule,
keep in mind that balancing your activities is most important. After all, (all work and no play) will stress you out,
and (all play and no work) will cause you much frustration. Balance, between class, study, work, and leisure
activities, that’s the key to good time management.
To establish a routine for class, study, work, and leisure activities that best utilizes your personal time and
energy, complete the Daily Schedule using the steps below.
STEP ONE: Fill in all of your “fixed” time commitments. “Fixed” time commitments do not change in
relation to the amount of time it takes for a particular activity. “Fixed” time commitments include: classes,
employment, organizational meetings, church functions, meals, sleep, etc.
STEP TWO: Incorporate specific study times into your schedule.
A. Using a formula of two hours of study for each hour in class/week, calculate the total hours for
studying. Some subjects require more than the formula suggest and some require less time. Adjust your
B. Analyze each of your courses and determine your typical workload. How many chapters must you read?
What homework assignments of lab reports must be completed? Now pick a day and time for completing
your work for each class. Write in what subject you intend to study and what kind of work you
intend to do. For example, write in “Psychology: Read Chapter” or “Chemistry: Homework Problems.”
C. Schedule preparation times for courses that require your participation such as recitations, language
classes, and labs. Prep times should be scheduled shortly before the class so that your mind is “in gear”
for the subject.