Time Scheduling Benefits and Guide

Is There Enough Time?

STEP 1

Estimate the number of study hours available in your current schedule:

      ESTIMATED STUDY HOURS AVAILABLE PER WEEK: ____________

STEP 2

Complete the table below. Again, just estimate how much time you might need to achieve the kind of grade you are hoping for.

Name of Course Desired Grade Hours per week needed
     
     
     
     
     
     
  Total Hours:  

STEP 3

Estimate the number of hours per day you currently need for the following activities. Multiply your daily total by seven to get your weekly estimate.

  Hours per day Hours per Week
Sleep    
Meals    
Walking/Transportation    
Part or full time job    
Personal care (dressing, shaving, etc.)    
Living group jobs/offices    
Living groups and other meetings    
Recreation/Leisure    
Other    
  Total Hours:  
  1. List the weekly total of hours from Step #2:

  2. List the weekly total of hours from Step #3:

  3. Add A & B above to get TOTAL NEEDED HOURS: ____________

STEP 4

There are 168 hours in every week.
Subtract TOTAL NEEDED HOURS (C above) from 168

      This gives the REMAINING HOURS AVAILABLE: ____________

STEP 5

Look at the Remaining Hours Available figure. Most students will have between 15 and 40 "extra" hours after they have attempted to estimate how much time is required to do all that needs to be done every week. Yet nearly everyone feels there is simply not enough time to do everything that needs to be done!

Now look at the estimate of how much time you had available for study from Step #1. In Step #2, you estimated how much time you needed. Considering the number of REMAINING HOURS AVAILABLE from Step #4. will there be ENOUGH TIME for you to spend as much time as you need studying?

You may have estimated that you will have used all 168 hours and then some. That presents another kind of problem. The next exercise will help to move from the estimates about how you use your time to actually monitoring your activities to determine your actual use of time for a three day period.