Effective time management skills

Sanjana Palepu is 18 years old and a freshman at Indiana University. She is in the Kelley School of Business, and is a Marketing major and aspiring business professional. She has always been creative, and her passions include creative writing, dance, and art. In her spare time, she also enjoys volunteering and working with others, especially children. Sanjana describes herself as outgoing, fun loving, and open to adventure.

Going to college is like starting a new chapter in your life. You get a clean slate, a fresh start, and a whole new world to experience new-found independence and adventures galore. However, for most people, the adventure that is college isn’t all smooth sailing, but rather a roller coaster ride that can be quite overwhelming. Shortly after adjusting to an unfamiliar place with brand new faces, students are bombarded with heavy course loads, endless assignments, and the pressure to stay involved and join extracurricular activities. Students often feel as if they must choose between good grades, sleep, or having a social life. However, with the proper time management, you can have all three.
One way to make the most of your time is to stay organized. Make a schedule- and stick to it. A bulletin board can double as a decorative piece to hold pictures, as well post-it notes with tasks and assignments that need to be completed. Using a calendar or daily planner is also effective, so that you can properly budget your time.
Make homework and studying a top priority. Be sure to spare enough time every day to go over difficult concepts and finish up assignments after class. As far as extracurricular’s, get involved in 1-2 clubs or organizations that you’re really passionate about, rather than spreading yourself too thin and joining every club in the book. Lastly, make sure to spare some “me time” every day, to unwind, relax, and have fun.
Another major contributor to the demise of time management is the dreaded p word; procrastination. Procrastination is like the college student’s kryptonite. We all fall victim to it at some point or the other, whether it’s the essay that didn’t get finished until 3 in the morning because Breaking Bad was on, or presentation we decide to “wing” because the “party of the century” happened the day before it was due. To combat this, try studying in new environments where there are less distractions, and where you will be more likely to stay focused. If you are the type of person that needs peace and quiet, make a trip to your school’s library. If you work best with others, try studying in the floor lounge or a collaborative study room. If the weather’s nice, to change things up, take your text books outdoors and study while soaking up some sun.
Even with perfect time management, there will always be times when college is stressful. Make sure you have an emotional outlet for when times get tough. Whether it be exercise such as running or yoga, or singing your heart out- on stage or in the shower, be sure to have a way to work off your frustration.
College will go by in the blink of an eye, so make sure to make the most of your time by making every day count, and work hard, stay healthy, and have the time of your life.

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