It’s no doubt in modern-day, we lead busy lifestyles. Between working, trying to get an education, and make time for ourselves, the day can go by so quickly. Time management is a quite useful skill to learn to ensure balance and a decrease of stress in your routine.
Here are some ways you can manage your time:
- Use a planner or calendar to keep track of important dates
- Make a weekly checklist to track responsibilities
- Complete tasks earlier rather than later
- Sleep enough to maintain energy and be able to get up earlier (getting up earlier increases time in your day to be more productive)
- Make time for yourself- make sure to set aside time at any point during the day to relax and revitalize
Many students work while completing their degree in college. This alone can be stressful- yet we can feel increasing pressure when we try to maintain other aspects of our lives: family, significant others, personal time, and obligations outside of school. It is vital to create a balance in order to not become burnt out. Draining your mental and physical energy decreases your chances of becoming a successful student or gaining a valuable career.
What are some ways to not become overwhelmed?
- Don’t take too many courses per semester just to finish faster, if your schedule does not provide adequate time- if you think you can fit more into your schedule, discuss the details with your adviser
- Financial concerns are common among students, but if you can, try not to work overtime while focusing on schoolwork
- Try going to be earlier and getting up earlier- this allows for more time during the day but also rejuvenates your body
- Stay hydrated and eat well- sometimes it’s easy to neglect our bodies while we are busy with school and work
- Stay on track with responsibilities, deadlines and be mindful of your own time.
If you feel overwhelmed or feel as though you’d benefit from assistance with time management, always reach out to your adviser or look into what programs your school offers.