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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

Stay 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. 

Here is an example of my work calendar.  I color code my work base on type of work, identifying deadlines and schedule time to work on specific projects. This calendar does two very important things for me 

  • I can quickly identify what I need to focus on for the week
  • I can scheduled it and forget. I know I can rely on my calendar to remind me

Each major area of my work is color coded. 

  • Blue is for an internship program
  • Green is for orientation of a new colleague
  • Yellow is for my works as President of a professional  organization
  • Pink is for working on presentations, etc... 

Screen shot of a weekly calendar with times blocked off in different colors to represent different projects.

Other Ways to Stay on Track 

  • Find a study/writing/project partner. 
    • Research and writing is a collaborative event. No need to go it alone.
    • 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

Treat Yo Self!

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


Ideas for treating yourself

  • 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? 

Find support

Find Support

Here are some resources on campus that are available to help you manage your research projects?

Communicate! Get clarification, ask for feedback, and find support.

  • Don't understand all or parts of the project? 
    • Meet with your professor or TA
    • Double check that syllabus!!
  • Don't understand where to find information or how to use the library?
    • Meet with librarian 
    • Use Library Chat
  • Don't feel confident about your writing skills or experience writer's block?
    • Make an appointment with the Writing Center
  • Don't manage time well or have trouble with procrastination? 
    • Make an appointment with Campus Counseling
  • Worry about perfection or fear of failure? 
    • Make an appointment with Campus Counseling
    • Work with a librarian or a writing consultant to help with some of those fears in the research or writing process. 
  • Struggle with motivation?
    • Find a project partner or study buddy
    • Reserve a  group study study room in Waldo Library 
  • Hard to concentration? Don't have enough quiet space to work? 
    • Reserve an individual study room in Waldo Library 
    • Make an appointment with Campus Counseling
  • Intimidated or embarrassed to ask for help? 
    • Please know that we are all here to help you succeed! 

Library Services and Spaces

The University Libraries offers many services and resources for help.

University Services

There are many program on campus that exist to help students with all aspects of college life, from peer tutoring and coaching, to writing tutoring, and stress management: 


What one concept do you think will help you the most with research project management?
Knowing where to find the information for my research pojects: 1 votes (5%)
Who to turn to for help with writing: 0 votes (0%)
Who to go to for help with research: 1 votes (5%)
The templates for the timeline and project summaries: 5 votes (25%)
Creating a timeline with specific deadlines: 7 votes (35%)
Knowing there is help on campus for more than just writing or research: 2 votes (10%)
Advice for how to stay motivated: 2 votes (10%)
How to manage group projects: 0 votes (0%)
Knowing there are spaces in the library to work: 1 votes (5%)
Other: 1 votes (5%)
Total Votes: 20
After this workshop, I have learned a few tools and/or resources that will help me improve research time management.
Strongly agree: 9 votes (47.37%)
Agree: 10 votes (52.63%)
Neutral: 0 votes (0%)
Disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Strongly disagree: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 19