Where Should Your Time Go?

Where Should Your Time Go?

Plan for the ideal use of a week’s worth of time. Fill in your hours in this order:

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1. Hours attending class

2. Study hours (2 times the number of class hours plus 5 or more hours extra)

3. Work, internships, and fixed volunteer time

4. Fixed life activities (sleeping, eating, hygiene, chores, transportation, etc.)

Now subtotal your hours so far and subtract that number from 168. How many hours are left? ____________ Then portion out the remaining hours for “discretionary activities” (things you don’t have to do for school, work, or a healthy life).


Category of activity Number of hours per week
Attending class  
Studying, reading, and researching (outside of class)  
Working (employment)  
Volunteer service or internship  
Eating (including preparing food)  
Personal hygiene (i.e., bathing, etc.)  
Chores, cleaning, errands, shopping, etc.  
Transportation to work or school  
Getting to classes (walking, biking, etc.)  
Discretionary activities:  
Organized group activities (clubs, church services, etc.)  
Time with friends (include television, video games, etc.)  
Attending events (movies, parties, etc.)  
Time alone (include television, video games, surfing the Web, etc.)  
Exercise or sports activities  
Reading for fun or other interests done alone  
Talking on phone, e-mail, Facebook, etc.  
Other—specify: ________________________  
Other—specify: ________________________  


Note: If you find you have almost no time left for discretionary activities, you may be overestimating how much time you need for eating, errands, and the like. Use the time log in Figure 2.4 of your text to determine if you really have to spend that much time on those things.

Upon completion of this chart, please submit it and complete the reflection journal about managing your time.


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