How Do I Manage My Time?

Time Management

New Stanford students often find that managing their time is one of the most difficult tasks presented to them. Simply put, there is just too much to do on campus and not enough time in the week to do it all. You will occasionally need to make some hard choices.


  1. Be realistic with yourself. There are only 168 hours in the week and no way to make more of them. As much as you might like to, you can’t do it all. Try not to bite off more than you can chew.
  2. Plan. Map all deadlines and activities on a weekly calendar like the one you can find here. This should include study and prep time as well as in-class time.
  3. Prioritize. Figure out which of your obligations and responsibilities are flexible and which ones are not. Plan accordingly.
  4. Do not shortchange your health and well-being. Students often try to fit more time into the week by cutting back on sleep, exercise, or eating. This is not only unhealthy, but a sure-fire recipe for diminished returns. You simply cannot do your best work when you are underslept. You need to take care of yourself first.
  5. If you would like to talk to someone in greater detail about your particular time management questions, consider making an appointment with your AAD, AARC advisor, or with an academic skills coach.