By Nicole Ruffner
Contributing Writer & Reporter
As college students, time management is one of the most important things we can learn. Time management is not something that can just be done; it is a process learned over time. It is better to learn a few skills early then later down the line.
One of the most important aspects of time management is getting organized and balancing your time. A lot of people use an agenda or their phone calendar. It honestly depends on the person you are. I personally like the paper agendas. I pay close attention to the agenda, how it is set, and it’s something I enjoy using.
Once you have found the best way for you to get organized, start to use it every day for homework and scheduling in the most important priorities so you are more likely to get those done first. This will also help you stay on track with assignments and other activities you may have going on.
With social media right at our fingertips, minimizing distractions can be one of the hardest things a person can do. Often I’ll find myself checking Twitter and other social medias, which cause me to procrastinate. When completing homework or studying, try to put your phone somewhere else or turn it off. I find it easier if I put my phone somewhere else.
Give yourself breaks between the assignments, and do not touch your phone in between that time. This will also help time management. This takes a lot of self-control and practice, but once it becomes something you do to eliminate a bad use of time, it will get easier and easier.
Wasting time can be another easy fix to time management. If you happen to get a few extra seconds of downtime, figure out what is most important to do. Sometimes it is catching up on sleep, but other times it is buckling down and study a little longer for an exam on a Friday night.
When I have only a short amount of time, I will catch up on homework or studying. If I happen to have more than an hour, I will try to take a quick nap. A huge part of time management is deciding which is the right move; going out with your friends or hanging back to finish homework or study.
As college students, sleep is one of the most important things to us. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night can be almost impossible for many reasons. Sleeping can help with time management hugely.
If you get seven to eight hour of sleep you are less likely to take a nap, and that time can be used to do other things that need to be done. Along with this, rising early may also be a key part of time management. Getting up early gives you more time in the day to get the things we need to do accomplished. This gives you more time to complete tasks by the deadline you have set for yourself.
Set yourself a deadline for the assignments that you have to do. Giving yourself a deadline will help you stay organized and finish assignments. If you think you need two hours to do an assignment, give yourself two and a half and try to complete it before that time is over. One of the hardest things about setting deadlines is procrastination. When a professor gives you a deadline, try to stick to it, so that procrastination does not win.
Most college students have jobs and go to school at the same time. Finding the right balance between work, school, and having a social life is key. It all depends on the person, and how much they can do.
The important thing is not to pick up too much before you get burned out. If your job is giving you to many hours and school is being put on the back burner, ask if you can cut back on the hours they give you. The most important thing is your education. Sometimes studying on a Friday night has to be done instead of going out with your friends. It sucks, but it all comes what you decide what is important and prioritize.