time management

Activity: Helping Students Assess Potential Demands on Their Time

For many reasons, time management is an important practice. A well-planned schedule can help you avoid over-commitment, maintain a healthy balance of work and pleasure, and set realistic goals and expectations. However, the act of planning time may be a challenge in and of itself. Where and how do you begin? How much time should you allow for certain tasks? How much can you reasonably incorporate into your schedule while still avoiding burnout? These questions may be especially pressing for college freshmen, who may be new to managing their own time. Similarly, people embarking on a new stage in Read More…


Tackling the Time Conundrum

As an instructor, you may wonder: how do I proactively manage my time in a way that ensures I accomplish the goals I’ve established for myself, as well as those goals and expectations established by my institution? And, how do I use classroom time to its fullest advantage, while simultaneously encouraging students to do likewise? In a recent webinar, Jeff Schillinger of Harrison College presents a number of practical strategies that you can use to maximize the time you spend with students in class, as well as the time you invest in supporting students outside of your regular classroom Read More…


Using Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Your life as an educator requires you to manage numerous activities: teaching your courses; meeting with colleagues; conducting your own research; traveling to conferences and workshops… the list goes on. As an educator dedicated to excellence, not only do you want to simply finish your work; you want to do so efficiently and effectively.  If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, there are a wealth of applications (or “apps”) designed to make your tech tool a powerful partner in getting things done. In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund describe the different types of apps that Read More…


Estimating and Managing Your Project Time Effectively

When you’re completing a project on your own or in collaboration with others, a schedule can be your best ally in ensuring that your plans and ideas come to fruition. Following that schedule can help ensure that you have adequate time to complete the work to your satisfaction; make it easier to stay on budget; and, ultimately, help you meet (or beat!) an established deadline. A carefully written schedule can also serve as a visible reminder that motivates you to stay on track and on task… especially when you’re distracted by other appealing opportunities (such as a summertime Read More…


Tips for Students: Taking Summer Courses — What Kept Me Going

It can often be beneficial to collect advice on overcoming challenges from those who have encountered similar issues before. In this post, some of us here at the Cengage Learning Blog share our memories of taking summer courses, and reflect on the challenges we faced and how we kept ourselves motivated despite distractions. We’re sharing what we learned about taking summer courses, but what did you learn the first time you taught a summer course that you’d like to share? Start the conversation below. I attended school at Northeastern University, which is well known for having a cooperative education program. Read More…


The Motivation to Become a “Finisher”

Sunny blue skies, a dip in the pool, the pull of an impromptu road trip… even the strongest among us can be lured by summer’s appealing distractions. However, we all know that the joys of summer don’t make our responsibilities magically disappear, so it’s critical to develop a strategy for staying on course to meet our obligations and address our greatest priorities. The task-planning skills needed to accomplish our goals are beneficial at any stage of life. But in college, cultivating those skills is an especially important endeavor: without them, a student may flounder, fall behind, and ultimately lose the motivation to complete an Read More…


Activity: Minimize Stress and Avoid Procrastination

Maintaining a healthy balance between the things we have to do and the things we want to do is often a goal we overlook in the interest of getting things done at work and being successful. However, ensuring that you make time to do the things you enjoy can be an important step toward being more successful at work, and to lowering stress and avoiding procrastination. The activity below, included in Richard L. Daft and Dorothy Marcic’s Building Management Skills: An Action First Approach, First Edition can help you reflect on where you’re spending your time, and Read More…


Finding a Balance: Prioritizing Your Time

It can be difficult to find space on your schedule to balance the demands on your time with activities that you enjoy, but as we’ve learned, doing so can be key to avoiding burnout. In Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, 12th Edition, authors Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger share a few tips to keep in mind as you prioritize your time. Employing some of these ideas can help you keep your balance as you wrap up this term and look toward the future — hopefully with some time to enjoy Read More…


Creating a Schedule for Yourself

If you’d like to begin the new year with confidence and a goal-oriented mindset, the act of creating a schedule can help you in that direction. When created purposefully, a schedule can be a tool that frees you to place a priority on the matters of greatest importance to you. In their book How to Study in CollegeEleventh Edition, Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens state that “…following a schedule soon becomes a source of strength and a boon to your life” (p. 44). In other words, a schedule helps you exercise greater control over your time and your attitude, which leads Read More…


New Year’s Resolutions: Reaching Your Goals

With a new year comes a chance for a fresh start. It’s a time when many of us make resolutions that embody the goals we want to accomplish this year or the ways we’d like to do better in the new year. For some of us, that may also mean recycling last year’s tossed-aside resolutions in the hope that we’ll have the time, the drive, or some mix of the two, to make them a reality this year. In FOCUS on College and Career Success, Constance and Steve Staley give us an overview of what it means Read More…