Scheduling Goals

The following method of organizing time helps students establish long term, intermediate, and short-term time goals.

Long Term Schedule: Construct a schedule of your fixed commitments only. These include only obligations you are required to meet every week, e.g., job hours, classes, church, organization meetings, etc.

Intermediate Schedule - One per week: Now make a short list of MAJOR EVENTS and AMOUNT OF WORK to be accomplished in each subject this week. This may include non-study activities. For example:

  • Collaborate discussion Monday night
  • Paper outline due Tuesday
  • Child's soccer game Wednesday night
  • Finish 150 pages in philosophy by Friday

These events will change from week to week and it is important to make a NEW LIST FOR EACH WEEK. Sunday night may be the most convenient time to do this.

Short Term Schedule - One per day: On a small note card each evening before retiring or early in the morning, make out a specific daily schedule. Write down specifically WHAT is to be accomplished. Such a schedule might include:


  • 8:00 - 8:30 Review philosophy
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Preview Methods and prepare for Quiz
  • 4:45 Pick up groceries on way home
  • 7:00 - 10:15 Ch. 5, 6 (Informatics)
  • 10:30 Check email

CARRY THIS CARD WITH YOU and cross out each item as you accomplish it. Writing down things in this manner not only forces you to plan your time but also in effect causes you to make a promise to yourself to do what you have written down.