Part Two – Creating a Weekly Schedule

A weekly schedule that you update regularly as needed is an excellent way to begin your real Time Management skills.

  • Ask your parents and teachers how they do time management?
  • Ask them if and what kind of calendar do they keep?

Note that adults generally have less on their calendars because so much of their week is routine like working 8-5.

In college your routine may change dramatically each semester because of your class schedule and class load. It will also change depending on how much you become involved in other activities like clubs and sports.

Trying to memorize all your classes, meetings, study times, club dates, tests, projects, homework assignments, not to mention the fun things in your life is impossible.

You may try or you may think you are successful, but look at the list of symptoms above that indicate your time management is not succeeding.

Now ask your Mentor how many things each week he/she is responsible for remembering and how they manage.

Schedule Examples:

Look at the following schedules and discuss their merits and shortcomings with your Mentor. Print a copy for reference when you make your own calendar in the next activity.

Insert links to electronic and printable examples of weekly schedules.
[need a high school schedule broken out as a better example than the college ones so they can see the differences].

Activity #2 – Using one of the examples above, fill in your electronic schedule/calendar. Make certain that every hour of every day in the week is accounted for. Do this for an upcoming week and follow the directions below.

  • List each subject/class separately.
  • Do not schedule study times that exceed 1 hour per subject. Study time includes reading textbooks, doing homework, and writing or creating projects. Note on the weekly schedule when you are doing something other than reading and homework.
  • Do not schedule study times for multiple subjects at once but break out each subject separately.
  • Include extra-curricular activities, clubs, and practices.
  • Make sure you leave enough time between appointments for travel especially if someone else is driving you.
  • Include all sleep time, meal times, and un-scheduled time. Unscheduled time can be shifted to make up work or deal with unexpected changes in your week like getting sick.

Activity #3 – Mark up your schedule every day as you go through the week when something changes. Note when you have to make changes or shift time or run out of time or borrow from somewhere else.

Activity #4 -- Continuing Your Time Management Effort

  • Check your success against the “Symptoms that Your Time Management Isn’t working” list above.
  • Each week look at your calendar (probably on Sunday) and write down if it helped you or if it didn’t include everything.
  • Write down what you should do to improve your time management.
  • Write one paragraph of how you feel about keeping a schedule. If you hate it, if it’s boring, if it’s a waste of time (to you), if you’d rather use your email calendar or your phone app.
  • Send of copy of this weekly reflection along with next week’s schedule to your Mentor to look over and give you feedback.

Mentors: Note if a student is putting in fewer than 10 hours of study/homework time each week, you might want to increase those hours while also examining the student’s study habits and skills. Studying wrong is not going to be corrected by more time, but by changing the techniques used.

Creating a weekly schedule