How to manage your time

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 4 August 2023
"Time" by Nick J Webb is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Too much to do, too little time? Here are a few ideas to help you manage that precious - and finite - commodity.  

1. Set some goals.

These will help overcome procrastination. As much as you don’t want to tackle that assignment, you DO want the qualification. Make your goals SMART.

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
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2. Make a timetable

Schedule items to complete during different days of the week. Mark in important dates. Review your schedule weekly. Share your timetable with family & friends. 

3. Prioritize
Use the 80-20 Rule which claims 80% of the reward comes from 20% of the effort. The trick to prioritising is identifying that valuable 20%. Once identified, focus on those items with the greatest reward.

When prioritizing think about:

  • due dates of assignments
  • the value of assignments e.g some may be worth 50% of total marks
  • questions worth more points than others. 
  • this is where your effort should go.

4. Make a To-Do List

Best completed at the beginning of the day. Write your tasks down then break them down into smaller, more do-able portions – sometimes known as the Swiss cheese method. Read about it here:….


Holmesglen Library website has useful templates & tips to help you manage your time. Click here:

Holmesglen Outlook Email

-Online. Perhaps the 'best' online calendar for students

-Can setup/receive appointments inside your email account. You can also go into your calendar and add events like assignment due dates etc.

Calendar Labs

-Printable. Can customise 'study periods' (e.g. for a term or semester)

Google Calendar

-Online. Syncs with all devices (e.g. tablets, laptops) and is viewable/editable on all these devices where a user is logged-in

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"Time" by Nick J Webb is licensed under CC BY 2.0.