Once you begin your career, your job will require that you record what you worked on throughout the day. Each of the things you worked on will have a cost code. That’s the way the company keeps track of its costs and in turn will know how to bill for your time.
Let’s apply that same concept to planning your day. Different items on your plan will have different values. To make this simple, let’s assign the following values to activities you might be doing.
|■ Studying for Test||$50/hr.|
|■ Taking a Test||$50/hr.|
|■ Going to Class||$25/hr (Don’t count this twice if you had a test)|
|■ Doing homework||$25/hr (Include Study Groups/Labs, Observations, Seminars, Project Work, etc.)|
|■ Other academic activities||$15/hr (Advising appointment, talking with professors)|
|■ Personal||$10/hr (maximum of $20)|
On the revised planning sheet (below), plan your day and check off activities you have completed. Then show the earnings you generated. If you are to do well, your earning should be at least $200 a day.
If you follow this approach, you will find yourself doing those things that are more important to you. One way to make this work for you is to compete with friends each day to see who earned the most money. You’ll be surprised by how quickly this becomes a part of your daily routine and how you will feel when you don’t earn $200.