By Beverly Asante, Peer Advisor
As you all know it is extremely difficult being a full-time student and tackling other obligations. For some of you these obligations might be going to work, taking care of your family, or even attending weekly meetings for student organizations. These obligations begin to add up and before you know it, you will be stressed and overwhelmed because it feels as if you are doing a million things at once. We have all been there. If you have struggle with time management, I strongly urge you to continue reading. Listed below are a few tips on how you can increase your time management skills.
Have a Planner
Time management is about controlling the amount of time you spend on activities. What better way to do that then to use a planner. They are a great way for you to keep track of your daily activities. Most planners have a daily or weekly overview that allow for you to pencil in all your upcoming events and schedules. You can even organize your schedule by the hour. Planners give you a physical record of your schedule and the times you are available to ensure that none of your daily tasks conflict with each other. As busy college students, with a million and one things on our plate, using a planner is essential for making sure our time is used efficiently.
The biggest reason as to why I would recommend a to-do list is for organization. Again, for most of us, school is not our only obligation. Often times we have an idea of what we have to do, but actually writing things down allows for us to organize our tasks and prioritize our responsibilities. Also, keeping everything in our head gives us room to forget things. Nobody is capable of remembering everything they have to do, all of the time. I know I can’t. That is why I recommend keeping a to-do list; it ensures that we focus all our attention on our most important tasks.
Starting early is very important. Most times, the reason why we have so much to do is because we wait till the last minute to do everything. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it, but it is probably one of the most inefficient ways to work. For example, professors give us our syllabi during our first day of school. Meaning, we have weeks in advance to prepare and organize ourselves. Please do not wait till the day before your exams to start studying. Study a week or two in advance and get ahead. Doing things early will allow for you to be calm, more creative and clearheaded, thus enabling you to work at your maximum capacity.