Time Management Tips

Make a Plan for Living

  • Use a day planner divided by hours to schedule all of your activities for the day. Be sure to schedule enough time for everyday things like sleeping, eating and commuting. Be mindful of the “transition” time between these activities and others.
  • Be mindful of people who do not support your new challenges and goals. Many people do not understand the time commitment required in law school and may think you are ignoring them or no longer want to be their friend. Explain your new situation to your friends and family to help them see why you will not have as much free time as you used to. Sometimes it becomes necessary to have less contact with those who are not supportive of you and who you do not respect your need to devote a significant amount of time to your studies.
  • Schedule some time daily for fun activity, like going to the gym or watching a move. Schedule larger blocks of time on the weekends for visiting family and friends.

Make a Plan for Studying

  • Analyze your learning strengths and weaknesses.
  • Focus on difficult tasks during times of the day that you are most productive.
  • Take study breaks every few hours.
  • Avoid unplanned distractions (outside noise, emails, web surfing, phone calls, etc.). Save them for your study breaks. Many students claim they will study many hours in a day but will admit that they are easily distracted by several of these things and actually only study for a fraction of that time. Education research has confirmed that your mind really needs blocks of uninterrupted time to really grasp a concept.
  • Review your notes each day, rather than leaving it all for the end. Use the review as a chance to optimize how you take notes and organize material, so you can be more efficient and focused going forward.