Racking and Stacking- Two Great Student Time Management Tips

Here’s a student time management tip order to achieve your goals better.


I read a great book that said there is enough time to do anything you want, there’s just not enough time to do everything you want.

Tough fact to face, but the sooner you get it, the sooner you can start looking at the way you use time as an investment or a waste.

When you are planning your week, you will end up with your plans, based on goals and values, and of course, a “to do” list.

I often see college students putting on their ‘to do’ lists about twice as many items down than they could actually do.  What’s the problem in this? Well, possibly nothing.  IF, you are honestly racking and stacking these in the order of priority.

Make sure no matter how long that list is, you are always taking care of that “one true thing” each day that gets you closer to what you value most.

Another student time management tip to improve success is to group your “to do” list.

Here’s how it works. Do you need to call two of your professors to set up 20 minute appointments, call your boss to confirm next month’s days off, and call a contact your advisor passed on to you to set up an informational interview*?

Excellent!  Make all these calls at one sitting.

Need to do some research for your English paper?  While you’re at the library, also look up that reference you needed for your History paper.

Going to the store to pick up pet food?  Well, get your weekly groceries now, Fluffy isn’t the only one who needs to eat.

Grouping like activities together can greatly improve your time management as a student.  Yes, it takes a few minutes to plan. But we are talking an investment of minutes to get a return of hours.  And you don’t need to be an Econ major to know that’s just good ROI (return on investment).


College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link
Crystal Jonas Bio

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Crystal Jonas knows what it takes to help with student time management, improve success, and enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call Crystal at 719- 291-0366.

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