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Time Management Tips to Keep You Stress-Free!

September 21, 2011
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Time Management may be the most important skill you learn in college. Without time management skills, you can easily become overwhelmed with balancing your school-work, job, extracurricular activities and other responsibilities. When overwhelmed, many students’ fall behind and end up sacrificing their grades and work ethic.
Managing your time properly from the start of the school semester will ensure you accomplish all of your goals without feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 

Director of the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth College, Dr. Carl Thum, suggests creating a detailed schedule for each day with the tasks you need to complete. Prioritize your list with tasks that are more important to finish, place them at the beginning of your day, winding down to more of the less important responsibilities. 

By writing it out in grid form, you can easily view how your time can be used, where you have extra time, and if you’re taking on too much. Dr. Thum recommends writing the grid out in an hour-by-hour format that shows all of your commitments and responsibilities including classes, work hours, extracurricular practices/meetings, homework slots, exercise and meals. By doing this you may realize you need to cut back on some of the extracurricular activities to complete more important priorities such as work and school work. It’s better to figure that out at the beginning of the semester, then fall behind in your classes and possibly lose your job due to lack of time management. 

Stay organized! Stick to the schedule you create and reorganize it on a weekly basis. If you know an exam is coming up, schedule more time for homework and studying and cut back somewhere else. “The challenge for many students is to set the priority and, in some cases, make decisions about what they can’t do, at least for some period of time… You can’t do it all,” says Dr. Thum.

Remember, this schedule is only for a short period of time. You will be able to get back into other activities once classes are over or your work schedule changes. Making sacrifices during the school semester will help maximize your time (and money) spent on school, and keep your grades up. 

Here are a few other tips to help manage stress while adjusting to college life from Dr. Thum:
  • Make time for exercise
  • Keep in touch with friends and family, and communicate regularly
  • Allow time for relaxation – free time to do whatever you wish
  • Learn to say “no” to avoid being overwhelmed with too many responsibilities
  • Keep a daily journal and adjust your grid schedule
  • Get plenty of sleep, avoid junk food and don’t turn to alcohol or smoking to relieve stress

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