• There are twenty-four hours in a day and seven days in a week.

• If we multiply 24 hours x 7 days = 168 hours in a week.

• Everyone has 168 hours per week. No more, no less.
That is the sum you have to work with.

• Now . . . How will you use your 168 hours?

## Tic-tock ~ tic-tock

Beginning with your 168 hours, we will now take hours away.

• Sleep: Attempt to get eight hours of sleep a night.
Take away 56 hours a week.
• Meals: Attempt to allow an hour for each meal in order to enjoy well-balanced and relaxing meals.
Take away 20 hours a week.
• Classes: Let’s assume you are in class fifteen hours a week.
Take away 15 hours a week.
• Study: Authorities recommend two hours of study per hour of class.
So, 15 class hours x 2 hours of study = 30 hours
Take away 30 hours a week.
• Personal maintenance: Combining showers, laundry, and other personal activities, that would be about one hour a day.
Take away 7 hours a week.

After allowing generous amounts of time for sleep, meals, classes, study, and personal maintenance, you have forty hours unaccounted for.

What can you do with forty hours?

• Time management/planning
• Academic support (tutoring, mentor, etc.)
• Work
• Travel time (to and from)
• Exercise
• Relationships/social events
• Worship and religious activities
• Athletics (participant or spectator)
• Arts events
• Volunteering
• Organizations
• Quiet time

Don’t neglect your personal wellness (sleep, meals), academic priorities (classes, study), and personal maintenance.

You are truly rich with time!

## The Challenge is Finding Time!

Time comes in two forms: Big Chunks and Little Bits.
How you manage them makes all the difference.

Now, print the Weekly Time Plan (pdf) and mark out the following Big Chunks of time:

• First, fill in your class times.
• Enter your commitments for work or major obligations.
• Establish sufficient and regular sleep time and meal times.
• Identify blocks of one to three hours and enter course prep times, totaling roughly two hours per class hour (don’t let little stuff erode your prime academic time).

### Little Bits of Time:

Now take time to think about what you can accomplish when you have “just a little bit” of time. Take a piece of paper (or print this page) and make lists of:

• “Five Minutes” Example
In five minutes I could: check and update my “to do” list; empty garbage; water my plants.
Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do in five minutes:

• “Ten to Fifteen Minutes” Example
In ten to fifteen minutes I could: get supplies for a project organized; review my study cards; sort my laundry; straighten my desk or clothing drawers; take care of my nails; write a note or make a phone call to family/friend; write in my success journal.
Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do in ten to fifteen minutes:

• “Twenty to Thirty Minutes” Example
In twenty to thirty minutes I could: do an overview of the next chapter in one of my courses; go over class notes to fill in things I didn’t get completely entered in class; read something for relaxation or meditation; review a chapter just before class (review questions from a reading assignment).
Now you write in your own ideas for what you can do twenty to thirty minutes:

Now, print the Weekly Attendance Summary (pdf).