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Goal Setting and Making a Schedule

Set Your Goals:

List your
major goals:
mor​e importantless important
long term ​ 
long/short term  
short term  

Determine how you spend your time:

Column I:   
list the amount of time you expect to spend in ​weekly activities in hours.
Column II:
multiply your recurring daily activities by five (weekdays) or seven (we​ekly) to estimate the number of hours you engage in these recurring activities in a week.
Online time

Study Time



Volunteer Activities


Regularly scheduled functions

(clubs, church, etc.)

Socializing with friends

Chores and Errands











Commuting/Travel time (multiplied by 5=)

 (multiplied by 7=)

Personal care 
(multiplied by 7=)

(multiplied by 7=)





Total A:______Total B:______
Total A + B = Total C:   ______ hours
There are 168 hours in a week.   Subtract Total C from 168 = _____ Uncommitted hours (168 - total C)

Evaluate Your Time Management:

  • How much time have you set aside to meet your goals (above)?
  • Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?
  • Can you adjust your uncommitted hours to better meet your goals

List four activities you would like to do in your uncommitted time:

Make your schedule:

Semester Cale​ndar: don't include too much detail

  • Check your course calendar.
  • Enter your personal dates, such as holidays, work, etc.
  • Review dates for course quizzes and exams, important papers and projects.
  • Print and post this schedule in your study area for review, and to chart your progress.

Projected weekly schedule: plan your activities in blocks of hours throughout the week
  • Fill in all on-going activities, such as online times, study times, appointments, work, and social events.

Actual weekly schedule

  • Modify and adjust the Projected Weekly Schedule to reflect the time you actually spent on each activity.
  • Evaluate your time usage for modification according to your priorities.
Are you using your time to best achieve your goals?
Are you studying when you said you would?
Can you identify areas when you can use your time more efficiently?

Daily schedule or "To Do List"

  • Complete the night before or the first thing each morning.
  • Include things you intend to accomplish that day, including assignments, appointments, and errands.
  • Check off items you have done to give yourself a sense of completion.

Benefits of Following a Schedule:

  • Written plans make responsibilities seem more manageable and less overwhelming.
  • Scheduled tasks are more likely to be completed.
  • If you are current on reading and homework assignments, you will avoid the need for last-minute cramming for tests.

adapted from Joe Landsberger