There are 24 hours in a day. Being a college student, this may seem like a lot of time, but there are many distractions and many things that could prevent you from being productive on a college campus.
Time management is a term to describe the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities. Good time management skills give you extra time to spend stress-free. People that can manage their time well enjoy having more time to spend on themselves.
Kirsten McIntyre is a freshman at Delaware State University and ever since she was in high school, she managed her time well. “I don’t like to usually wait to do things like homework or papers because I know that work will start to pile up and I wouldn’t want to fall behind,” she said.
Making and following a schedule reduces anxiety. By checking items off the “to do” list, you are telling yourself that you are making progress and would in turn take some of the load off of your back. Taking a break between tasks will also relieve some of the stress of tackling all tasks at one time.
Mary O’ Connor is a sophomore on the soccer team at Delaware State University. Being an athlete on a college campus, it would be easy to put work off for another time after being tired from practice. Mary makes sure she stays on top of her stuff. “I usually plan out the next day the night before I go to sleep. Using my planner it makes it easy to keep track of all of my upcoming assignments and practices.”
Using a planner or calender to keep track of what you have coming up is a good way to stay on top of your work and not get shocked at any assignments that have not been mentioned in a while.
Wayne Gibbs Jr. is a senior at Delaware State University and does not manage his time well. He said “if I don’t write it in my notes on my phone, I won’t remember it so its easy for assignments to catch up to me and sometimes end up late. I usually procrastinate because I work better under pressure.”
Poor time management results in wasted time. Trying to do homework while watching tv, on social media, and/or being around friends that are not doing homework can prove to be distracting and counterproductive. Pick a quiet place to do work, or a study group.