Seven Idea For Finding Time
COMBINE 2 ACTIVITIES: If you ride the bus, use the time to read a book. When walking to class, mentally review a list from one of your classes or mentally organize a paper you are writing.
BE PREPARED TO STUDY WHILE YOU WAIT: Whether waiting in a line for tickets or in the doctor’s office, bring something to study with you. Twenty minutes reviewing Spanish verbs is a better use of time than rifling through an old magazine.
USE THE TELEPHONE TO GET INFORMATION: If you need to see if a book has come into the library, call! Any contact or information you can gather by phone saves you important travel time.
HAVE A SYSTEM FOR FINDING/LOCATING IMPORTANT THINGS: Be consistent about where you put things you will need—papers, pens, keys, books. Save the time you would lose looking for these things.
DON’T LET A ONE-HOUR TASK TAKE THREE HOURS: If you are working on a simple task, don’t let it be a time hog. Put the right amount of time into each assignment. Budget your time.
DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME: “If you haven’t got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?” A few minutes or less to make a backup copy of a report may save your great grief if your paper is lost on the computer’s hard drive.
RUTHLESSLY CUT DOWN ON TELEVISION OR INTERNET SURFING!
Based on L.E. Flemminga and J. Leet, Becoming a successful student
New York: Harper Collins College Publishers, 1994.