Time Management Workshop Outline

Sherry K. Lynch, Ph.D.
University Counseling Center
Virginia Tech


I. Reflecting on Experience - Icebreaker

II. Assimilating and Conceptualizing- Questionnaire

III. Assimilating and Conceptualizing - Lecture/Handouts

A. Planning your schedule

1. Long-term schedule (semester)

2. Intermediate Schedule (weekly)

3. Short-term Schedule (daily) (overhead - realistic and unrealistic daily schedules)

B. Making Your Schedule Work

  1. Study difficult or boring subjects first - you are most alert at this time
  2. Identify your best time of the day - study most difficulty subjects at that time
  3. Use the same place to study every time - enhances concentration ability
  4. Use the library - a signal to your body to study
  5. Avoid noise distractions - research indicates that silence is best
  6. Use waiting time - 3 x 5 cards with equations or definitions can be reviewed

C. Time Wasters

  1. Telephone
  2. Visitors
  3. Procrastination
  4. Ineffective planning
  5. Lack of self-discipline

IV. Experimenting and Practicing - Where Does Time Go? (handout / overhead)

V. Applying Learning Activity - Goal Setting