Managing Your Time and Prioirities


This chapter began by presenting why time management is important. Then, sections of the text covered how time management for college can be different from what students may have experienced before. Following this, the chapter contained several sections on how to effectively manage time (including predicting time on task), how to use technology to your advantage, and how to prioritize tasks. Other topics included specific strategies for time and task management and avoiding procrastination.

Refining your time management skills based on an honest assessment is something that should never stop. The benefits of good time management skills are something that will apply to the rest of your life, and you will no doubt be working on improving those skills for years to come. Now that you have read and reflected on the main ideas of the chapter, consider developing a plan to help you achieve college success by considering what you want to know more about that could help you. Review the list below and commit to working on one or more of the concepts this term and beyond:

  • Develop better self-awareness about the psychological reasons for procrastinating and create a plan to reduce your procrastination.
  • Learn to predict accurately the time needed to complete tasks in college.
  • Eliminate technology and social media as distractions by setting specific times of the day you will engage in them.
  • Try out additional time management strategies to supplement what you already do. Choose one to use this week and reflect on what worked or not and why.



Adapted from Amy Baldwin’s “2. Managing Your Time and Priorities: Summaryof College Success Concise, 2023, used according to CC by 4.0. Access for free at



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