Overcoming Time Management Challenges
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010
Category: Student Life
Today’s post is by Hannah Nyren, an Emerson College senior who blogs for Skipping Breakfast.
Time management has never really been my thing. My internal clock runs about 10 minutes late. I lose track of time more easily than most people lose change in sofa cushions. In high school I never wore a watch, I was constantly tardy and I often finished my homework the night or morning before it was due. I was tired, frazzled and prone to crankiness. When my first semester of college rolled around, I realized my scattered sense of time just wouldn’t cut it on campus.
I had some serious time management challenges. I had no choice but to get it together in college, so I started trying the things I listed below. If you’re way too stressed by a hectic lifestyle, maybe you need to overcome your own time management challenges.
How I Overcame My Time Management Challenges
Keeping a Day Planner:
Thinking about organization makes me nauseous. I prefer de-alphabetized books, music on shuffle and Skittles eaten at random (I don’t want to play favorites). I hate organizing, but I’ve learned to love my day planner. Without it I’d forget due dates, homework and even my friends’ birthdays.
I set three alarms to keep myself from snoozing through class. Each alarm is set to go off two hours before class, so I get up and out the door on time. I’ve also learned that I need 6 to 8 hours of sleep in order to wake up on time (or at all). All-nighters seem like loopholes to procrastination, but they always set me back in the long run.
Living at School:
Maybe you don’t live on campus, but hanging around in the library or another campus study area before class guarantees that you make it to class on time. It also lets you study without having to worry as much about time constraints.
My time management challenges are still there, but with these tips I can overcome them. As a result, my productivity has doubled and my stress has been cut in half. I hope this helps you, too!
What are your time management challenges?
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