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Enjoyment is not a goal;
it is a feeling that
accompanies an important
ongoing activity.
Paul Goodman, 1911 - 1972
American sociologist

Time management series

Goal setting

In the exercise below, write in three tasks or goals that you would like to accomplish.
Then develop each into one to three steps.
Then prioritize them, print and follow up as in a "to do" list.

Step 4: Schedule your school calendar

Optional exercise: Print and complete a .pdf print-out of the following

List three goals or objectives that are most important to you,
and indicate whether they are long range, medium range, or immediate:

  1. Goal one: 
    (long range) (medium range) (now!)
  2. Goal two: 
    (long range) (medium range) (now!)
  3. Goal three: 
    (long range) (medium range) (now!)

How much time have you set aside to meet each goal during your week?

  1. Goal one:
  2. Goal two:
  3. Goal three:

Does your time allocation reflect the priority of your goals?

Can you change your hourly commitments to meet your priorities?

Where do you have the most flexibility: weekdays or weekends?
Can you change one or the other? or both?

Can you change your goals? What are your options?

Can you postpone any goals until school breaks?

How will assignments and tests affect your time allocation?
What can you change to meet your class responsibilities?

How did you do?

Continue with the time management series:

Time management | My daily schedule | My weekly schedule |
Scheduling my school calendar | My goals | Organizing my tasks |
Creating to-do listsAvoiding procrastination | Developing self-discipline

Flash exercise contributed by Mike Grinberg and Dr. Brad Hokanson, Interactive Media (DHA 4384) School of Design, University of Minnesota and edited by Joe Landsberger. (This exercise is also at