Final Tips

Be committed

Preparing a written schedule isn’t enough in and of itself. You have to be committed to completing the tasks. If procrastination is a problem, take steps to deal with it and get to work.

Be flexible

Don’t be so committed to completing tasks that you become a slave to your schedule. Remember that your priorities are guidelines–you can change them at any time.


For instance, if you don’t finish a task in the allotted time, you could stop, plan to complete it another time, and get on to the next task. Or you could carry the first task over into the next time slot and postpone the second task to another time. It’s your decision.


You might also have to change priorities in order to deal with emergencies, such as unanticipated car repairs or illness. Deal with the emergency and then rearrange your study schedule to get yourself back on track. If the emergency is more serious and sorting it out will take up a considerable amount of time, talk to your professors about extensions for deadlines.

Remember that you are in charge. When you change priorities, particularly when you choose not to complete a task, consider:research question

  •  The negative consequences of your action
  • The seriousness of those negative consequences
  • Possible ways to reduce the seriousness of the consequences

You decide what consequences you are willing to live with!
Remember also that you have to work according to your priorities, not someone else’s. Learn how to say no and delegate responsibilities if necessary; e.g., get other family members to help with housework.