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Skills for Success: Time Management (Pomodoro)

Metacognition: Learning how you learn best. Reflect on what works and doesn't work for you. Practice what works.

Pomodoro Technique: Chunk It Up!

Pomodoro Technique illustrated

Weekly Planning

On paper:

  • Pen in due dates, classes and appointments
  • Pencil in tasks so you can erase and move blocks of tasks around. Break tasks up into smaller steps.


Pick one calendar to be your master calendar.  Everything that must be done goes there.


  • Still the standard: Plan 2 hours of home study per hour in class.
  • Review and re-allot task times as needed or daily.

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Are you an early riser/early energy person or a late riser/late energy person?

Early risers have early energy and late risers have late energy.

Tip: Late risers can get a head-start on their day by doing morning chores the night before.
Rise & Shine
* Break fast right after you get up. 
* Do same thing every morning so you can do it on automatic. 
* Early risers:  Good time to exercise
WORK: Part of living your values.
Tip: Emails sent between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. are more likely to be opened and receive a response.
READY: Check Calendar first to avoid missing that early morning review. Glance at email for emergencies.
SET: Prioritize your day for the 3 most important tasks
GO!  9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
* Early risers - Feeling energetic? Do the hard stuff
* Late risers - Feeling fatigued?  Do the house-keeping tasks or brainstorm.
Tip: Get away from your desk for lunch; meditate or exercise.
* Early risers - 11am – 12pm    Early risers eat early
* Late risers – 12pm – 1pm     Late risers eat late
After noon:
* Early risers - Feeling fatigued?  Do the house-keeping tasks or brainstorm. 
* Late risers - Feeling energetic? Do the hard stuff
Tip: Sweet spot for meetings at 2:30pm Tuesday, (Wed/Thurs good too).  Most important stuff done for the day and still enough energy to make decisions.
3 PM: Plan & pack a healthy snack.  
Celery or carrot sticks, frozen berries, low sugar cereal, popcorn.
4 PM: 
* Early risers - Wrap up work day. Leave email for tomorrow morning.
* Late risers - Prepare for the next day: Get a step up on tomorrow by doing early morning tasks now. Make a to-do list for the next day & draft important emails to be sent the next morning.
After work:
* Early risers: Try to eat at least three hours before going to bed.
* Late risers – Good time to have a quick snack and then exercise.
Early risers: 
* 8 PM: Relax & Brainstorm, avoid blue light.
* 9:30 PM:  Adults should aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.
Late Risers:  
* 8:30 PM: Eat dinner. Try to eat at least three hours before going to bed.
* 9:30 PM:  Relax & Brainstorm, avoid blue light.
* 11 PM: Prepare for the next day. Pack your stuff, choose your outfit, and take out breakfast ingredients.
* 11:30 PM: Go to sleep. Adults should aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. 

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