The time management for students matrix shows you ways to spend your time more wisely.
168...this is the number of hours in a week. If you are student this probably does not feel like it is enough to get all of your assignments done, projects to do, or tests to study for.
It is no surprise that many of us want to use our time more wisely.
The time management for students matrix gives you a sense of how you are spending time and ways that you can spend your time more productively.
Think of how you currently spend your time on the different activities that you do as a student across an average day, an average week, or an average year.
With these activities in mind consider the matrix below.
How much time do you spend in each of these quadrants? You can see that I have filled the quadrants out with activities that I consider sit in each...yours could be different.
Important tasks for the student are those that are essential for achieving success in your student life. For many, this may be
Activities that are important are those that contribute to your goals. These exist in Quadrants 1 and 2 of the time management student matrix.
Unimportant tasks are such things as
Focusing on these tasks at the expense of more important tasks leads to feelings of lack of purpose as you are not moving towards your goals. These tasks exist in Quadrants 3 and 4.
Asking this question is probably a good indicator of the amount of stress that you feel as a student. Urgent tasks are those tasks that are ‘tapping you on the shoulder’ and asking to be done now.
They are Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 3 tasks.
Quadrant 1 tasks are are the Urgent/Important 'must do' tasks that require immediate attention! They may be a
Quadrant 3 tasks are not important but they are asking for our attention. For example some interruptions, emails, etc.
The symptom of poor time management is spending too much time in Quadrant 1. The cause of the time management problems is spending too much time in quadrant 3 and 4.
The cure for your time management problems is to:
spending your time on Quadrant 2 activities you devote time to important
activities before they become urgent.
The problem is that often with so many different responsibilities to juggle, students can become dominated by the tyranny of the urgent.
If Quadrant 2 is so important to good student time management, how can I get more time in this quadrant?
You can spend more time in Quadrant 2 by: