Week 4: Managing Time & Exploring Your Major/Career Family Tree

It’s not always easy, but time management is a critical skill to develop when your in college and will be something you use for the rest of your life. In today’s class we will talk about time management, scheduling, and task lists – here’s a preview:

We will spend some time considering how and where we use our time. After you have mapped out your weekly schedule and estimated your time usage, you will need to complete the “Pie Chart” activity to identify where your time goes. Identify how your time management is divided in your pie for school, work, fun and more.

In your WP Blog Post #6 – Time Management: Post a  one (1) PICTURE (your pie breakdown) or INFOGRAPHIC of your Time Management Pie AND answer the following questions in 300 words minimum: 

  1. Does your time management pie look tasty? Please provide percentages and describe each piece of your pie (e.g. eat, sleep, class, social, work, etc).
  2. Where does most of your time go? Where does the least amount of your time go? Is it balanced?
  3. What are your “time wasters” or “time vacuums” have you identified in your weekly schedule?  Can you modify this if you had to?
  4. After flipping through the “Managing Your Time” PowerPoint (above), what key time management areas do you want to improve upon?
  5. How will you hold yourself accountable for managing your time?
  6. In thinking about how you manage your time, describe how will reach ONE of your long term goals?

ASSIGNMENT: Your Major/Career Family Tree: So you have a Roadtrip Nation interview to work on… let’s start small. We want you to find at least FOUR (4) members of your family or close family friends to interview about their career/major path. You will create a visual of your family tree – mindmapPrezi, etc (If you need to know how “HOW TO” embed either a PowerPoint or Prezi into your WordPress blog, here are a couple of helpful resources.)– to share with the class in a WP blog post.  This is DUE NEXT THURSDAY (9/26) at 11:59 pm CDT. Please be sure to answer the following questions:

    1. What was their major and/or academic background/training?
    2. What is their job title, and what activities do they do on a regular day of work?
    3. What do they like about their job?
    4. What do they wish was different about it?
    5. How did they start doing this job/choose this job?
    6. What other careers/jobs have they had in their life?
    7. Why did they stop doing each of those?
    8. What makes a job interesting to them?
    9. What about a job leads one to be happy?
    10. If they could not do the profession/job they currently are doing, what would they choose instead?


[YES! I do want you to EMBED these presentations into your WP blogs, not just provide the website or hyperlink.]

  1. HOW TO:  Upload a PPT into WordPress => Uploading Documents — Support — WordPress.com
  2. HOW TO:  Embed a Prezi into WordPress – YouTube VIDEO [Hint: HTML tab = “Text” tab in WordPress]
  3. Check out OTHER #ugstSTORY Blogs & contact your friends — a few have already figured out how to post a Prezi and/or PPT

Your “TO DO” List (Homework):

  • BLOG:  WP Blog Post #6- Time Management by Friday, September 20th at 11:59 pm CDT
  • ATTEND TONIGHT: Rainn Wilson Lecture to LIVE TWEET. Must complete FIVE (5) tweets using the hashtag #ugstSTORY. Include a picture of you at the talk (to show you were there), quotes, comments, and information from Rainn’s talk about SoulPancake.
  • PREPARE: Your Advising 1:1 appointments are scheduled for NEXT week! If you forgot your scheduled time, please contact The Office for Exploring Majors in person (Sage Hall 302) or by phone (940.565.2457). You will need to be on time and BRING your “Spring Schedule Assignment” with #1 & #2 of the assignment completed. Please use the UNT Catalog and the UNT Advising Guidebook [PDF] to help you with this assignment.
  • COMPLETE: Your Major/Career Family Tree Assignment – Thursday (9/26) at 11:59 pm (WP Post #7)
  • ALTERNATIVES to Rainn Wilson: (1) Reality Check (Thurs – 9/26) 5-6 pm BLB 255; OR (2) Exploring Major Peer Mentor Panel (Wed -10/2) 5-6 pm Location TBA – will be required to LIVE TWEET using #ugstSTORY hashtag at either event to share information.

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