Leigh Faulkner

Building a better world, one learner at a time…

A Few Notes on Time Management



  • Plan two study hours for every hour you spend in class.
  • Study difficult (or boring) subjects first.
  • Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
  • Be aware of your best time of day.
  • Use waiting time.
  • Use a regular study area.

And . . .
  • Choose a place that minimizes visual and auditory distractions.
  • Use the library or empty classrooms. Get out of a noisy dorm.
  • Don’t get too comfortable. Sit (or even stand) so that you can remain awake and attentive.
  • Find a better place when productivity falls off.

And also . . .
You and the outside world...
  • Pay attention to your attention.
  • Agree with roommates about study time.
  • Avoid noise distractions.
  • Notice how others misuse your time.
  • Get off the phone.
  • Learn to say “No .”
  • Hang a “Do Not Disturb!” sign on your door.

Hints from Pauk & Owens (
How to Study in College, 10th Edition, 2010, Boston: Wadsworth Cengage) for finding “hidden time”
  • Carry pocket work
  • Use your mind when it’s free
  • Record study information
  • Employ spare-time thinking
  • Use your subconscious

How can you change your time habits?
Pauk & Owens suggest
  • Defy Parkinson’s Law (Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.)
  • Obey your alarm clock
  • Limit E-mail & Internet time
  • Take “Time out”
  • Listen to your body
  • Keep a notepad handy

The Pareto Principle
Also called the 80/20 rule
– In any list, 80% of the value lies in only 20% of the items
The lesson?
– Prioritize your list and do the most important items first