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​College Success: Skills for Thriving at the UO

A guide to help you find the tools you need for success at the UO and into the future.

Procrastination/Time Management Tips

Read more about Time Management Techniques on the Counseling Center's website:
  • Create a work area for yourself free from distractions (phone, roommates, tv), and commit to staying there for a one to two hour period.
  • Recognize that your obligations and resulting stress are as important as other people's needs, and set limits around being interrupted or rescheduling your work time.
  • Break larger tasks, such as papers or projects, into smaller goal steps.
  • Create a schedule for yourself, by doing the following:
    • List all projects, exams, and papers with their due dates.
    • Break larger tasks into smaller goals, such as "library research for paper 2" and select target dates for completion of the smaller goals. 
    • Identify what time of day you have the highest energy and what time of day is your low energy period. Schedule tasks that take greater effort (concentration, enthusiasm) during high energy periods and plan rest breaks and more mundane tasks (such as laundry) during low energy periods.
    • Plan out a realistic, weekly schedule hour by hour. Remember to schedule time out every day for sleep, meals, social time, and some exercise and/or relaxation time.
    • If possible, have someone who knows you well look over your schedule and give you feedback.
    • Try your new schedule. Remember, you're trying something new. It's okay to fine tune it or adjust it after you give it a try for a week.

TLC Workshops

TLC also offers workshops to help you learn better time management skills and avoid procrastination. Check out their website for more information on dates and times for workshops. Here's a sample of what they offer:
Putting Off Procrastination
  • Tired of hitting deadlines headfirst? Learn how to find both the motivation and the practical tips needed to procrastinate less and more productively.
Making the Most of 24/7
  • Learn new ways to prioritize your to-do list (or make one!), keep up with deadlines, and balance all the competing areas of your life.

Time Management Skills

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