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What are good time management strategies?

I want to be involved, get good grades, maintain social relationships during college. How can I do this is a way that won't be too stressful? #college #work #life

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Tiffanie L. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

To echo some of what has been provided in previous answers...routine, routine, routine, especially in your first two years of college. It takes a little time to just understand the fundamentals in college. Things like where are my classes, when will I study, when will I eat/sleep. These are pretty basic things but if you lose track of timing on these basics, it can be a rough time and can lead to generally bad college experiences. When you get to college you are in the early stages of adulthood. In my view, what comes with that is being in control of your time, as best as you can, and developing sustainable habits that allow you to focus AND find time to relax.

Just like when you were in high school, you learn the ropes. In general, by the time you get to your junior year, your efforts to create and follow a routine will benefit you and can be such that you don't even feel like you are on a routine. It may feel more like "ok, I know what I need to do now and I know what to do next." I can share with you that building a sustainable career is partly dependent on employees knowing what they need to do now and what they need to do next so developing these practices, before you get paid to do so :), is a good thing.

Best of luck to you!
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Rachel’s Answer

In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>



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Ken’s Answer

Hi Tiffanie!


Making the transition from high school to college is very challenging, because you are more on your own without the constant and direct supervision and support you are accustomed to at home and in high school. You are faced with making many decisions that will affect your educational life and your career with little or no structure. However, I have found some helpful sites that will provide some helpful guidelines and framework for traversing that major step.


These sites will help understand the process and how you might best prepare and survive:
http://www.transitionyear.org/
http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/NeatStuffforNewStudents/HowIsCollegeDifferentfromHighSchool


Balancing your life in college is very important and having more freedom makes it more challenging. Here are some helpful hints:
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/000241/
http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/college-life-balance.html


I hope that you find these to be helpful. We all have survived and learned much along the way. Please let me know if and how these hints help. I would like to follow your progress. Best of luck!

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