Personal Time Management

Tips to help you balance your time.

School including homework and studying should be at or near the top of your priority list.

Many students get excited when they reach the age to work, but ask yourself the following questions prior to starting a job:

  • Am I an organized person?
  • What kind of study habits do I currently have?
  • Do I make good use of my available time?
  • What changes will a job make to my current schedule?

Working takes a lot of time and energy, so you will need to be sure you can handle both employment and your current commitments. Once you have a job be sure to:

  • Always let your employer know what hours you can and cannot work ahead of time.
  • Start slowly, do not commit to working a lot of hours immediately.
  • If you have too many activities scheduled, admit it and cut back in areas that you can.

Do not overwhelm yourself with too many activities. You will end up not giving your what you are involved in. Questions to ask prior to joining an activity:

  • How many hours does the activity take per day and week?
  • How flexible are these time commitments?
  • Will this take away from my studies or more important activities?

Always allow yourself time to think and be sure that you are not taking on more than you can handle!

How do you spend your time? Fill in the following chart with your average day.

Activity __________________  Days=  Weekly Total

Sleep?____________________  X 7 = ___________                  

Homework/Study ___________  X 5 = ___________              

Spend in School ____________  X 5 = ___________                  

Watch TV  ________________   X 7 = ___________                   

Text/Phone _______________   X 7 = ___________                    

Work ____________________   X 7  = ___________

Sports ___________________   X 5 = ___________

Other activities ____________  X 7 = ___________

Other activities ____________  X 7 = ___________


Totals                                           ____________

There are 168 hours in a week.

Use the results to see where you might have some extra time and what you might need to change to reach your goals