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Worksheet for Weekly Planner :

 

Overview: Schedules need to acknowledge your commitments being a law student, to taking care of yourself, and to other commitments, not necessarily in that order.

Target times: Think about which times of the day you are most alert and least alert and note them here on this worksheet so that you can plan efficiently.

Most Alert Times _____________________________________________________________________

Moderately alert times _________________________________________________________________

Least alert times _____________________________________________________________________

Study Times: Reading is your most passive activity, so, ideally, you do reading in your most alert times and schedule your most active commitments (exercise) for the least alert time periods.

1. Choose your 16 hours of awake time and write them in hour units on your weekly calendar under the heading time of day. Example: 5am -9pm, 7am - 11pm, or 9am - 1am.

2. Then, note your class times - by hour and day - and any other commitments over which you have no scheduling control.

3. Now, fill in your reading times for classes during your most alert remaining times, remembering that quick reviews of previous classes are important to preparation

4. Write in other quick review times and end of the week reviews.

Make time for Exercise, Personal Needs, and Recreation:

5. Target breaks for meals. These are good times to relax and connect with others or be private, as you prefer.

6. Exercise is very important for staying healthy and for maximum mental clarity. Try for at least three times a week. Be sure to scheudle transition times.

7. Note recreational times. Time off adds to concentration in designated study times. Find time for a favorite tv show, listening to music, talking with friends or family members, or other activities that are important to nurturing yourself.

8. Errands are important -- shopping for food, doing laundry, taking out trash -- the details of living -- but scheudle these in your least alert times, as much as possible.

9. If possible leave some unscheduled time, so you can use it to make time for spontaneous activities that are not on a weekly schedule, but are important to you.

Be Accountable to Yourself: The small boxes on the right side of each daily time unit are for you to note whether your targeted plan was an effective use of your time. Noting whether you actually do what you intended and whether it was useful or not will help with next week's planning.

Make an appointment with Dr. Peters to discuss any questions you may have regarding how to create your weekly calendar.