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Time/Energy Management

Time is an equal opportunity resource

Effective time/energy management is what makes the difference between high and low performance as college students and professionals.

When you don't control bad habits, those habits will take over your time and put limits on your achievements.  

Time/energy management isn't only important for succeeding in college, but every successful professional has tools and systems in place.  Your systems will evolve over time, which is why it is important to start the habit now.  

Each of us gets 168 hours to spend each week.  No more, no less.

  • 4 classes= 16 hours in class + 2 hours per class outside of class (to complete work, review notes, read, etc.)= 32 hours per week
  • Sleep 8 hours a night= 56 hours per week
  • 80 hours= remaining each week 

Time is an unusual commodity:

  • It cannot be saved
  • It is a nonrenewable resource
  • It is highly elastic
    • We cannot make more time, but time will stretch to accommodate what we choose to put in it



Atomic Habits by James Clear

If you are interested in learning more about Habits, Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great read.  

Easy & proven Way to Build good habits & break bad ones.

If you are having trouble changing your habit, the problem isn't you.  The problem is your system.

Bad habits repeat themselves again and again, not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.


You do not rise to the level of your goals. 

You fall to the level of your systems.

The best way to start a new habit is with this algorithm:



Productivity Tips

Five (5) Productivity Systems for Procrastination

Setting habits, getting organized and holding yourself accountable will help you tackle any task. Remember- GOALS are about the results you want to achieve. SYSTEMS are about the processes that lead to those results. Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.  If you are battling procrastination, try some of the tips below to help you crush the task at hand. 

  1. Eisenhower Matrix: Define the urgency and importance of each task you have to help you be mindful of your priorities.

  2. Pareto Analysis: Use the 80/20 rule to maximize your output with minimum effort and input.

  3. Parkinson’s Law: Use the power of a deadline to complete tasks faster.

  4. Pomodoro Technique: Use a timer to break down work into intervals and take regular breaks to reduce the number of distractions.  

  5. 2-Minute Rule. Crush procrastination and eliminate distraction by creating momentum in just 2 minutes.