Effective Time Management Essay

819 Words Jul 12th, 2010 4 Pages
Effective Time Management
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04/18/2010

Effective Time Management
Pursuing my degree is one of the best decisions of my life, but there have been some issues in accomplishing it. The biggest issue, because I chose to go to school later in life, is effective time management. With family, a full-time job, and school responsibilities, there isn’t much time available for anything else including sleep. In order to accomplish my goal, I need to learn how to effectively manage my time.
The problem with learning how to manage my time is how I can learn the techniques and where do I find quality information on the subject of time management. There was an unlimited amount of information on the web and also great information in the
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If I don’t accomplish my short term goals, there is no way to accomplish the long term goals. I have to develop a plan that will allow me to accomplish my daily activities as well as my short and long term goals.
There are many strategies to effective time management and the research is endless so you have to choose something that you think will work best for you. My research led me to the Virginia Tech website (http://www.ucc.vt.edu/) where I found an assessment of time management and instructions on how to better manage time as a college student. This was very helpful because it relates to college students who have work responsibilities and other obstacles that my get in the way of school assignments. I listened to an 85 minute seminar by Randy Pausch that was very informational, but I didn’t feel like that information helped me as much as the Virginia Tech website. Like I said previously, there are countless strategies that you can find through research, but you have to pick the one that best works for you.
According to COOK COUNSELING CENTER (1994), there are four strategies that can be very useful for managing time more effectively. They are: Create a semester schedule, assess and plan your work load each week, adjust your plan each day, and evaluate your schedule. This time management system walked me through each step of establishing an effective time management system and if I follow it, I believe that it will work well

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