Chapter 3: Time & Space

Chapter 3 Activities & Resources

Key takeaways for review

  1. Analyze the impact of your surroundings while you study.
  2. Identify your typical procrastination behaviors and make a list of strategies to avoid them.
  3. Assess the degree to which multitasking and personal technology may help or hinder your study efforts.

Young Ben Franklin’s daily schedule

The following is the schedule Benjamin Franklin made for himself when he was a young man (it’s in The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin). Based on what you have learned in Chapter Three, advise young Ben on how he might improve the schedule. Also, praise him for what is good about it.

5-8 a.m.: “Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness; contrive day’s business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast.”

8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Work.

12-2 p.m.: “Read or overlook my accounts, and dine.”

2-6 p.m.: Work.

6-10 p.m.: “Put things in their places, supper, music, or diversion, or conversation; examination of the day.”

10 p.m.-5 a.m.: Sleep.

During breakfast, Franklin would ask himself, “What good shall I do this day?” And the question he asked himself before going to sleep: “What good have I done today?”

What are the similarities and differences between your schedule and that of young Ben Franklin?

Time management resources

Although these are links in the online text, you will need to Google the following titles to access these resources.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 21 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity

30 Time Management Tips for Work-Life Balance

45 Time Management Tips for Students (Advice from a Lifelong Straight-A Student)

MCC Libraries

This chapter in your textbook covers important topics like time management theory, your use of time, procrastination, and getting your space and mind ready for studying.

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