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How can I master Time Management?

I have always been a giant procrastinator and I've deduced that the only way to succeed in college is to have good time management. #collegefreshman #success #procrastination

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Abira’s Answer

Hi Mikayla,

I'm glad you are thinking about this issue already. Mastering time management in college will not only be helpful with your classes, but also with independent living.

My advice would be to use a planner. It can be whatever you want - phone app, notebook, sticky notes, calendar, etc... You will write your 'to-do' list in this planner. It's important to consider not only homework and study time, but chores and social time as well. For example, if you really want to go to a campus movie showing but you have a test that week, set aside blocks of time to accommodate both. Doing chores and being with friends can take up more time than we realize. Remember - when you start assignments early that leaves opportunities to ask teachers and other students if you need help.

Another practice to combat procrastination is to make sure you are in the right environment. If your dorm has too many distractions for studying, go to the library. You might feel focused and motivated working at your desk with a cup of coffee, or in a study group. Find what's best for you.

Most people have large gaps in the day between classes in college, and may even work a part-time job. Make each minute count - if you have an hour until your next class and you are thinking about walking back to the dorm, consider staying on campus and getting ahead of some homework instead.

It can be hard to keep a decent balance of school, health, social life, and work. But planning and prioritizing ahead will go a long way. Good luck!

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Courtney’s Answer

Use the tools you have available to you. Once you receive your syllabus for each class you are taking, input key dates (tests, paper due dates, etc.) into your phone or calendar. You will then be able to see where key dates overlap and can then work backwards and set up alerts days or weeks out to remind you to work on those projects or study for the exam. Finding a study partner is also helpful so you can both keep each other on track. It is also helpful to block time on your calendar for study time or homework time. For example, every M and W from 4-6PM I work on homework for this class, etc. Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Courtney - Thank you for your answer. We need more advice like this, now more than ever! There are more than 1k unanswered questions on CV right now. Hoping you'll answer a few more this week! Jordan Rivera, Admin COACH
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Rachel’s Answer

You will need to focus on stress and time management. 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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Sheenita’s Answer

Mikayla,

Time Management is very important skill that you will need during college and beyond. Please make every effort to master this task before you leave for college. Make it your goal to begin now and stick to completing your task. Simply things to do now:
Get up every morning at a set time
Make your bed everyday
Make a list to organize your daily task
Use technology apps to help you!
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