Sunday, 24 April 2011

Time Management: Daily and Weekly Timetables/Planners

In my experience as a student, a timetable makes all the difference whilst studying. It helped me to find enough time for work and rest. With a timetable, you can finish each day feeling that you have put the right amount of time aside for studying. A daily, weekly or monthly timetable can be all it takes to actually get you into gear and start studying. It also reduces the stress of trying to find time slots for all your different tasks and activities. What are you waiting for? Draw up a timetable today! It is really not that hard, the resources below make it incredibly easy. I hope this helps, let me know how you get on!

You can find tips on how to fill your timetable at the bottom of this page.

TIP: Don't forget to check out the Wall Planners post for creating Revision and Study Timetables and improving your Time Management. Wall Planners can make timetabling that much easier and much more efficient.

Create a Timetable today!

For some of the timetables you will need Adobe Acrobat to open the file as they are PDF files, you can download Abode Acrobat reader here.

Includes both DAILY and WEEKLY Planners. 

Do you need an example to get you started? An example of a Study Timetable with time slots filled in. This example shows how you can use a preset timetable in a flexible way.

You can download a blank copy of that very timetable by scrolling to the bottom of this page: Study Timetable From Example 

How do I fill my Timetable in?

Decide on the length of study time that suits you. Is this 25 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour? Most timetables preset timetables use hours or 30 min slots. That is great if you have that amount of time for your study sessions. What if you study for 25 minutes, 45 minutes or a mixture? Try the third resource on the list i.e. this one: A fun Time Management exercise that helps you schedule your WEEKLY tasks. Here you fill in the total amounts of time you spend each day on each task and activity. Then you can print it off. If you wish you can also use Microsoft Word or another word processing package to create your own timetable: have days of the week across the top of the table (horizontally) and your time slots down the side of the table (vertically).

So, how do you go about filling it in? Use the example provided above as a guide.


  • When are you most alert – at night or during the day? Schedule your study when most alert and your rest when you feel more tired or just less alert.

  • Make sure you make enough time for rest! You need time off from studying to do whatever you enjoy doing in your free time.

  • Use different colors for different activities to make it more visually effective, if you want, and print it off so you can stick it on your wall!

  • Note deadlines for assignments and dates of exams and put this onto your timetable or make a list and put it with your timetable. That way you can make sure to stay on top of things.

  • Review your timetable regularly. Can you still stick to it? If you can for the most part, keep it. If not, try creating a new one with realistic time frames.

Good luck and Happy Studying!

Copyright © M. Dunn 

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