To help yourself with your research paper time management, print and fill out the time management matrix attached above. Filling in the hours or percentages of time spent in each area will help you see where you spend your time.
In each section indicate how much time you spent doing Box 1: Important Urgent. Box 2: Important Not Urgent. Box 3: Not Important. Can someone else do this task? Box 4: Don't Need To Do.
If you spend most of your time in Box 4: don't need to do and only a few hours a week on your studies, ask yourself: Is this the best allocation of my time?