All Work and No Play: How To Create a Balanced Schedule

It is week 5 of classes here at IU.  Have you found yourself behind in any of your classes?  Don't worry, you aren't alone.  I have some tips on how to organize your hours on a weekly basis.  After all, one very important lesson to learn in college is time management.  

I have a pretty normal schedule for a student worker.  I have about 17 hours that I'm in class per week, I work an average of 16 hours per week, and I try to get 52 hours of sleep per week.  If you do the math, that is 85 hours per week already taken!  Luckily that leaves me with 83 hours empty.  Unfortunately there are a lot of things to do in those 83 hours throughout the week.  I have to prepare, and eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, read for all of my classes, write response papers for all of my classes, go to a few meetings, work out, bathe, blog, and relax!  PHEW! That's a lot!  Here are my steps to time management.

STEP ONE:  print your class schedule, add work and sleep.  Then add times that you want to work on homework and eat your meals.  Mine looked like this after I finished making it.  

STEP TWO:  COMMIT TO IT!  If you don't commit to your schedule, what is the point in having one?  Exactly...there isn't a point.  SO if you are having trouble focusing you might want to change up your place to study/work on homework.  Check out my previous blog:  Study Party for some ideas of great places on campus at IU!

STEP THREE:  consider other time management options.  I asked a general question to my Facebook friends about how they manage their time (and they took it seriously, which is amazing) and here are some of the responses I got: 

  • "Big secret: knock out the little "to do" items as they pop up so they don't stack up and become overwhelming. The big "to do" items can be done in chunks until they are done." -J. Langley 
  • "I almost always use a prioritized list. That helps me both identify what needs to get done and which of those things is most important. It also helps me keep an eye on the things that may be less important but that can be dealt with quickly when there is "down time"." -D. Graffagna
  • "If something takes under 60 seconds to do, do it right when you think of it. You'll be amazed at how much you get done!" -L. Kurka
  • "to done lists (concept: writing the little things down-some as you go, so that you continue to feel good about what you've accomplished.)" -K. Brown

So, my blog readers, it really is a matter of trial and error.  If something doesn't work for you, there are always other ways to help you get things done!  

Good luck, and good scheduling!



About The Author
Claire HanrahanChemistry Education Major, Spanish minor, Counseling minor, NRHH member, NSLS member

I'm a chemistry-loving, talkative, future educator who has been very involved on IU's campus!  I am currently a School of Education Direct Admit Mentor and a Welcome Week Chairperson for Forest Quad, and I am involved in National Residence Hall Honorary and the National Society of Leadership and Success.  I have previously been a member of the RHA Programming Board and Forest Student Government for which I have acted as an RHA delegate and VP of Programming.  Feel free to comment and ask any questions!  Happy Reading