Creating A Sustainable, Flexible Weekly Routine: Structuring your Time

  • Think of the exams, projects, etc. you are working toward as performances (games, matches, etc.): Schedule regular activities that will lead to success in these performances.
  • Time over task: Allocate time blocks and plan to work on specific tasks in those time blocks.
  • Block out time for sleep, meals, practice, and other essentials to identify uncommitted time.
  • Enter non-negotiable top priorities into your schedule--put in only what you can commit to.
  •  Strategically schedule other fundamentals for success—class time, office hours, resources (e.g. Study Hall), regular preparation and study time, downtime and fun.
  • Incorporate open blocks of time each week to catch up and a block (30-60min) to plan your week.
  • Do your hardest work during peak concentration times.
  • Create a ‘learning cycle” for each course: Schedule a sequence of blocks to PREPARE for class, do ASSIGNMENTS, utilize RESOURCES, and to REVIEW or STUDY.
    • Schedule your cycle around office hours, tutoring, due dates (e.g. problem sets), etc.  
  • Identify useful tasks that fit into small chunks of time (e.g. review class notes, vocab study, etc.).
  • Find ways to tackle demanding tasks in parts or layers over multiple days.
  • Identify where YOUR weekend is—designate social, fun, and rest time.
  • Be ready to “trade” blocks/reschedule tasks to adapt to unexpected events.

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