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Time Management Tips

This guide offers time management and productivity tips to help you succeed at MCC.


Welcome to Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Library! This guide is intended to provide you with time management and study resources to help you succeed during your time at MCC. Use the tabs on the left side of the page to navigate this guide. 

  • Check out the Improve Your Time Management page for productivity and study tips, help with notetaking, and more.
  • Want to put your time management skills to the test? Try our Time Management Quiz!
  • Grab your free printable productivity templates and digital planner on our Free Planners page.
  • Do you struggle with procrastination? Visit the Overcoming Procrastination page to find out some reasons why we procrastinate and tips for how to beat it.
  • Want to learn more about time management? Our Helpful Resources will lead you in the right direction.

Have questions? Ask a librarian!

What is Time Management?

Time management is the process of organizing and planning the use of time to reach specific goals. Like many things, time is a finite resource. We can't make more of it, so it's in our best interests to make the most of the time we have.

Benefits of good time management habits:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Boost your confidence
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Better grades
  • More time to do things you enjoy

Developing good time management habits can be challenging, but there are strategies to help you improve. Common obstacles include:

  • Underestimating the size of a project or the time it takes to complete
  • Distractions, such as phones, tv, chores, etc.
  • Knowing when to take breaks
  • Trouble recognizing how to prioritize tasks