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Research Time Management

Organize your research projects by learning new time management and project management skills. You will learn how to break down research projects, set up a schedule for time management, and create a step-by-step process with a timeline to get it done.

Stay on Track

Staying on Track

Use a calendar

  • Schedule it! Block of time at the start of watch week to build, review, and update your calendar. 
  • Google or Outlook or any other calendar can become an essential tool for staying on track with your projects.
  • Block times on your calendar for specific tasks of a project. 
  • Color code your calendars for specific projects or classes
  • Set calendar alerts and reminders for when to start specific tasks of a project. 

Other Ways to Stay on Track 

  • Find a study/writing/project partner 
    • Make it collaborative!
    • For accountability! Your partners doesn't have to be someone in your class or working on the same project.
    • Find someone who you can work with, ask questions. Make appointments to meet up and check in on each others' progress.

Working on a Group project?

  • Identify a point person for the group.
  • Set times to meet regularly
  • Assign specific tasks to each group member
  • Clarify and agree on group due dates 
  • Use shared workspaces like Teams or Google Drive
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Get started on your own time management chart

Rewarding yourself!

Treat Yo Self! Motivation and Rewards!

Reward yourself for completing smaller tasks. Don't delay positive the sense of accomplishment. Completing small parts of a bigger project are very important!  Don't be the rubber band about to snap

  • Take a break at Waldo!
    • Get a massage for free! Waldo Library has two massage chairs on the third floor. No joke. They are amazing.
    • Play in our VR Lab, located on the lower level of Waldo. Try out one of the dozens of games we have. No appointment needed!
    • Grab a coffee at the Bookmark Cafe on the first floor of Waldo.
  • Other ideas :
    • Stickers? A walk? Watching your favorite tv show? Going to the rec center? Yes, yes, and yes! 
    • Others?