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Time Management

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Tips from Our Learning Specialists

  • Build a single system/calendar to contain all of your commitments (can be digital/paper/whiteboard).
  • Break down projects and assignments into pieces, and spread out the pieces over a number of days. 
  • Get into a habit of identifying an achievable list of tasks for each day.
  • Create a space conducive to flow (pinpoint the conditions you need to focus and create or go to this environment). 
  • Make peace with the reality that some days will be very productive and some will not.
  • Consolidate your syllabi. At the beginning of each quarter, consolidate all of your coursework due dates into one calendar so that you can view them on the same timeline.
  • Commit to a daily routine. Whether it is waking up, going to sleep, or eating meals at the same time everyday, committing to a daily routine will help make each day predictable which is optimal for understanding when your productive times will occur.
  • Say no to avoid overbooking your schedule.
  • Block off reward time and free time on your calendar, not just to-dos, in order to stay refreshed and motivated. 
  • Identify distractions and use them as rewards when you’re done.


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Additional Resources at Stanford

  • Sign up for a drop-in session with us! With a Learning Lab Learning Specialist, you can talk about these strategies in more depth, personalize the approaches to suit your needs, and be supported as you practice.
  • Academic Skills Coaching