Time Management Module

Having time management skills is important to being a successful student here at Western University. This module will share tips and resources provided to help you make the most out of your time.

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Time Management Module

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Having time management skills is important to being a successful student here at Western University. This module will share tips and resources provided to help you make the most out of your time.
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  1. Time Managementfor Science TAs

    Slide 1 - Time Managementfor Science TAs

    • 2015
  2. We all have lots to do…

    Slide 2 - We all have lots to do…

    • lab work
    • comprehensive exam
    • seminars
    • course work
    • conferences
    • thesis writing
    • volunteering
    • meetings
    • defense
    • mentoring
    • TA duties
    • social life?
    • This module will share tips and resources provided to help you with time management.
    • Time management skills can help you…
    • Reduce stress
    • Be more productive
    • Have more control
    • Reach your goals
  3. Time Management Module Outline:

    Slide 3 - Time Management Module Outline:

    • Learning Objectives
    • How Do You Spend Your Time?
    • Hierarchy of Goal Setting
    • Life Goals
    • Academic Goals
    • Semester Goals
    • Weekly Goals
    • Daily Goals
    • SMART Goals
    • Prioritize your tasks
    • Review Question
    • Campus Resources
    • Tips for Time Management
  4. Learning Objectives

    Slide 4 - Learning Objectives

    • Recognize the value of time management
    • Identify challenges in your own approach to planning and scheduling time.
    • Plan tasks and activities using a calendar.
    • Back to Outline
    • Assess how you use your time
    • Prioritize tasks
    • Time Management
    • Set practical goals
  5. How do you spend your time?

    Slide 5 - How do you spend your time?

    • Back to Outline
    • In a typical week, how many hours do you think you spend on each of these activities?
    • You only have 168 hours available each week. Do you have enough time to get everything done? What activities are you willing to reduce the time spent on?
  6. Hierarchy of Goal Setting

    Slide 6 - Hierarchy of Goal Setting

    • Back to Outline
    • Click on each type of goal to see what type of things you should consider.
    • Life Goals
    • Academic Goals
    • Semester
    • Week
    • Day
  7. Life Goals

    Slide 7 - Life Goals

    • Back to Hierarchy of Goals
    • Think about what you would like to accomplish in life.
    • Do you want to be a successful scientist?
    • Do you want to have children?
    • Set a timeline to achieve your goals
    • By age 35, by the year 2020, in 10 years, etc.
    • Back to Outline
    • Life Goals
  8. Academic Goals

    Slide 8 - Academic Goals

    • Back to Hierarchy of Goals
    • Think about what your goals are in terms of pursuing the Science degree you have chosen here at Western.
    • Do you want to write a MSc Thesis?
    • Do you want to defend a PhD?
    • Set a timeline to achieve your goals
    • By 2016, in 4 years, etc.
    • Back to Outline
    • Academic
  9. Semester Goals

    Slide 9 - Semester Goals

    • Back to Hierarchy of Goals
    • Think about what you would like to accomplish this semester.
    • Do you want to pass comprehensive exams with distinction?
    • Would you like to have presented your research at a conference?
    • Would you like to have written a paper?
    • Set a timeline to achieve your goals
    • This month, in 6 weeks, before semester end, etc.
    • Use deadlines for meetings & milestones, alongside publication & conference deadlines as framework for your goals. Placing these important deadlines in a calendar will help you set realistic timelines.
    • Break larger tasks into smaller parts with their own deadlines
    • Keep your calendar visible and consult it frequently
    • Back to Outline
    • Semester
  10. Weekly Goals

    Slide 10 - Weekly Goals

    • Back to Hierarchy of Goals
    • Think about what you would like to accomplish in this week.
    • Do you have assignments to mark?
    • Did you agree to meet a friend for coffee?
    • Set a timeline to achieve your goals
    • By Tuesday, before Friday at 4 PM, on Saturday, etc.
    • Use a calendar to sort out your priorities:
    • What needs to be done this week?
    • What will be the most challenging?
    • Start with the fixed-time commitments – the things that are already scheduled like classes or meetings
    • Back to Outline
    • Week
  11. Daily Goals

    Slide 11 - Daily Goals

    • Back to Hierarchy of Goals
    • Back to Outline
    • Think about what you would like to accomplish today.
    • Use a To-Do list to keep track of your responsibilities
    • Move anything you do not complete to the next day’s list
    • Re-evaluate your week based on how much you can accomplish in one day to stay realistic
    • Don’t forget personal time for family or your social life
    • Day
  12. Set SMART Goals

    Slide 12 - Set SMART Goals

    • For more information on SMART goals, visit the Student Success Centre.
    • Back to Outline
    • Specific
    • – state your goal clearly. The more specific your goals are, the more likely you are to achieve them
    • Measurable
    • – How will you know when you reach your goal? What will you do to keep yourself on track? Long-term goals often have short-term phases
    • Attainable
    • – Acknowledge your strengths
    • & weaknesses
    • and address gaps in knowledge or resources. Are you willing to put in the required effort to meet this goal?
    • Realistic
    • – You need to be willing and able to meet this goal. Are you goals within reach or within your control?
    • Timely
    • – Goals need to have timeframes. Establishing deadlines will help you work towards achieving your goals.
  13. Prioritize your tasks

    Slide 13 - Prioritize your tasks

    • Prioritizing helps us get the most out of our time & direct our efforts to what matters most by sacrificing less important things.
    • Consider every task you need to complete, then place them according to importance and urgency in a grid like the one shown here.
    • Back to Outline
    • Not
    • Important
    • Important
    • Not Urgent
    • Urgent
    • Prepare for tomorrow’s proposal assessment
    • Take out garbage
    • Work on prep for TA duties for next week
    • Watch TV
  14. Prioritize your tasks

    Slide 14 - Prioritize your tasks

    • Do the urgent, important tasks first. The top left box contains those critical activities that support your goals
    • After that, address the remaining important tasks
    • If you have time, address the non-important tasks in order of urgency
    • These tasks can be skipped without consequence towards achieving your goals
    • Back to Outline
    • Not
    • Important
    • Important
    • Not Urgent
    • Urgent
    • 1
    • Prepare for tomorrow’s proposal assessment
    • 3
    • Take out garbage
    • 2
    • Work on prep for TA duties for next week
    • 4
    • Watch TV
  15. Slide 15

    • Back to Outline
  16. Campus Resources

    Slide 16 - Campus Resources

    • Learning Skills Services:
    • Managing Your Time
    • Time Management for Graduate Students
    • Time Management Self-Assessment
    • GradPath for Time Management & Personal Development:
    • Time & Self-Management Resources
    • Student Success Centre:
    • Set Realistic Goals
    • Back to Outline
  17. Time Management Tips

    Slide 17 - Time Management Tips

    • Make SMART goals
    • Keep a to-do list
    • Prioritize
    • Stay organized
    • Limit procrastination – schedule it, and avoid wasting time
    • Be realistic – writing & marking take a LONG time
    • Experiments rarely go well the first time, leave room for troubleshooting!
    • Be flexible – you can’t control everything
    • Back to Outline
  18. May you enjoy and appreciate the TA experience at Western!

    Slide 18 - May you enjoy and appreciate the TA experience at Western!