Importance of time management in college

Hi everyone! My name is Kayleen Gaudet and I am from Lake Elmo, Minnesota. I am a graduate of St. Cloud State University and have my degree in marketing. I am passionate about social media, advertising, and writing, and would love to own my own business one day. In my spare time I love to golf, read, ski, camp, play softball, and most of all travel!

The time has come! I was a recent high school graduate and ready to take on the exciting next step in life, college. The freedom from hovering parents, getting to do what I want and when I want, no curfew, spending time with new friends, and unlimited fun was here! The college grounds were buzzing with new freshmen all excited for their next four years. It wasn’t long until I went to parties, stayed up all night with new friends, and was eating delicious pizza and take out. Life was good. Soon though, I realized I couldn’t keep on doing what I was doing all the time. I was wasting a lot of money, not getting enough sleep because I was staying out late and always had a million things on my mind, I could feel the dreaded freshman fifteen starting to appear, and my grades were slipping. I needed to make some changes. Thankfully, I was in a class offered to new freshmen to help us adjust to new college life. Some of the best advice I had gotten was how to manage your time wisely.
We were taught to first make a list of everything you need to get done in your week. My list always included homework and studying, going to the gym, and my part time work schedule. This was easy to do since I always knew when my next test was coming up and always knew my work schedule two weeks in advance. After I had my everyday tasks listed I added in things like house cleaning, grocery shopping, time with friends, etc. While doing this, I also planned out my meals for the week. Planning my meals saved me so much time not only in the grocery store and while at home, but it saved me money because I wasn’t wondering around aimlessly in the store and buying things I didn’t come for.
Next, we were taught to prioritize our tasks. Put your tasks in order of most importance and when they need to be done. I always made a timeline of when I’m going to do my tasks and then have sub list of highest priority. For example:
Breakfast 8:15
Class 9-9:50
Gym 10:15 – 11:15
Lunch with friends 11:30-12
Class 12:30-1:45
Study 2-4
Math 1 hour (Test Weds)
Marketing – 1 hour (Test Thurs)
Accounting- ½ hour (Test next week)
Economics – ½ hour (Test next week)
Dinner 4:15
Work 5-9
You can see, I have everything listed by time and a sub list for studying by most importance.
Lastly, once a task is completed, check the item off the list. One of the best feelings in the world is checking something off! You can stop thinking about it and feel less stressed.
Once I began to make a list to prioritize and manage my time better, I felt so much better. My stress level diminished because I knew what I had to do everyday and wasn’t waiting until the last minute to study, I didn’t lose track of precious hours, I was eating healthier and working out more, and I knew when I had time to party and hang out with friends and when I didn’t. I would recommend this to anyone who is feeling stressed out and doesn’t feel like they have enough time in a day. It will keep you on track and help you to have a healthier and happier life.

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