Time Management Tips

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 2 March 2023

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. Take the time to think about your future & keep the end goal in mind!

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. Set up a study group to keep you on task.

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 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 https://www.calendarlabs.com/printable-calendar.php

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

Google Calendar calendar.google.com/calendar

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

Need more help?

Contact Learning Skills Centre:  learningskillscentre@holmesglen.edu.au