University 101 Programs

Time Management & Prioritization

Presentation Abstract
While each student is different, the amount of time in a week will always remain constant. There are 168 hours in each week, and although students bring with them a broad array of circumstances and obligations, managing the time that they have is important to their personal and academic success. This workshop will provide tips and strategies to assist students in making the best of their time and remember that every student has the same foundation of time every week.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

I b) Identify and apply strategies to effectively manage time and priorities.

This presentation will support this learning outcome through interactive activities that teach students how to analyze their current academic behaviors and prioritization of time. Students are able to discuss strategies in small groups, and as a class, to learn how their peers are being successful as well. Students will also have the opportunity to identify their own personal priorities and explore the use of the provided time management strategies for the upcoming week.

Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, students will:
- Identify competing priorities and strategies to manage them.
- Recognize the difference between time spent on academics in high school versus college.
- Use situations and scenarios to further explore instances of priority mismanagement.

Presentation Outline
- Presenters name and role
- Student Success Center

“35 Hours” & “The Power of Zero” Activity
- Discuss difference in time students now have available
- What do you currently do during the hours of 8:00am-3:00pm?
- Only 35 hours
- Are you taking full advantage of your time?

The Power of Zero - 168 represents the number of hours that are in one week
- How are you spending those hours?
- Take a moment to fill out the worksheet and discuss with someone next to you
- Does anything surprise you?
- How many free hours do you have leftover?
- What does the ‘power of zero’ mean to you?
- Discuss things that are important to them (priorities)
- Are you maximizing your time to complete your priorities?
- What would you like to change moving forward?

Sarah Case Study
- Read and discuss case study as a group
- Debrief with class by analyzing priorities and better managing time

Covey’s Quadrants
- Fill out “Prioritization Part 1”
- Break out obligations into three categories: Academics, Involvement, Family/Social
- Learn about urgent vs. important priorities and fill out “Prioritization Part 2”
- Quadrant 1: things due today or tomorrow, dealing with emergencies or crises (Urgent, Important)
- Quadrant 2: long-term projects, planning ahead, studying in advance, getting started early (Non-Urgent, Important)
- Quadrant 3: interruptions, distractions, fun events that come up, social invitations (Urgent, Not Important)
- Quadrant 4: time wasters, busy work, procrastination activities, aimless internet browsing (Non-Urgent, Not Important)
- Covey recommends we spend most of our time in Quadrants 1 and 2 and as little time as possible in Quadrant 4.
- You can only take time away from Quadrants 3 and 4
- Ideally students will use pre-planning in order to build a strong Quadrant 2 and not be stuck living in Quadrant 1

- Provide pertinent information on the student success center

Presentation Length
50 minutes;

Presenter Training
All professional and graduate staff of the Student Success Center will complete training on this presentation in order to be fully prepared to facilitate activities/discussions, as well as answer any lingering questions. Prior to the start of fall 2017 classes, all SSC staff and graduate assistants will participate in a day long training/professional development. During this meeting, training will take place for the U101 campus partner presentations. Staff/graduate students will participate in the workshop (as if they were students), then the workshop will be discussed from the facilitator perspective. Additionally, all graduate students will be encouraged to shadow a staff member facilitating the presentation prior to facilitating it themselves.