Are you trying to figure out the importance of time management for students? Read this article for a deeper understanding as well as tips.
Chances are that you struggled a lot with time management in high school and now you’re about to go to college. One thing you’ll want to get good at before you step into your independent adult life is managing your time.
It's easy to chalk up poor time management to not enough time or just typical teenage laziness, but as a student, time management is crucial to your success.
But, before being able to achieve a balanced and stress-free life, you must first understand the importance of time management for students.
Understanding the Importance of Time Management for Students
As a student, time management may not be the most important thing for you at the moment, but it should be. Learning how to manage your time will serve as the backbone of your college experience.
You’ve been living with your parents for 17-18 years and now it’s time for you to go out on your own. You may not realize it now, but it’ll be harder than you thought to get used to independency.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at all you have to face.
Since you’re going to college, you’re obviously going to have schoolwork. And the chances are there’ll be more of it or it will be more difficult. If you pull the short straw then there will be more of it and it’ll be difficult.
Whatever the situation is, you’re going to college to get your degree. If you have any scholarships or if you're in the honors program, you’ll want to do well in class too. If you don’t reach a certain GPA, there could be repercussions that won’t do you any good.
One of the benefits of going to college is the freedom that comes with it. For most, this is your first taste of adulthood and independence so why not go all out?
All sports, clubs, theatre stuff, and even Greek Life happenings take up huge chunks of time in your schedule. It’s okay to do one or even multiple of these extracurriculars, but you need to always keep in mind why you’re at college.
Arguably the biggest change for those going to college is the new social life. You’ve just left home and now you’re in a new place with new people.
You’re bound to make all sorts of new friends, go to various parties, and maybe even meet someone special if you haven’t already. All of this definitely sounds great and it is, but it can be difficult to balance.
Holding a bustling social life between your academics and your extracurriculars can be difficult enough, but you likely still have a social life back home. You still need to keep in contact with your family, but you also want to keep in contact with your friends and try to make time for them in your new, busy schedule.
College is expensive so you’ll want to try to get a job as well. You may have scholarships, sure, but those should go to your tuition considering that’s the most expensive part of college. But you’ll need to pay for your books and supplies.
It’ll be difficult to manage at first, but you’ll be thankful for the extra money you have that you can spend whenever you go out with friends or don’t feel like eating at the dining hall. It’s also good to start making and setting aside money for when you get an apartment. You don’t want to stay in the dorms forever!
One of the many good things about college is you have a lot more time. High schools typically have you wake up at around six o’clock in the morning and start classes at seven-thirty which go until two-thirty or three o’clock. College is very different.
You get to craft your schedule however you want. This means you can make it so you have classes no earlier than ten in the morning, no classes later than five in the evening, and you can even schedule days off so you can work. So long as you work with your advisor and stay on track to graduate, you can shape it however you want.
All this extra time is great until you realize you’ll have to use most of it to study, do homework, eat, or sleep. Try to be mindful of all the little things you need to do because if you aren’t careful, they’ll sneak up on you.
Understanding Time Management
To fully understand time management, let’s take a look at the Chinese practice of Feng Shui. If this doesn’t look or sound familiar to you, try pronouncing it like ‘fung shway’. Feng Shui is a practice used to promote harmony and balance between humans and their environment.
A common example is rearranging your room in the middle of the night to fit your liking. Another that all may be familiar with is packing a box. It may seem like you have too many things to put in the box, but if you arrange everything a certain way, you can end up with all of the items inside.
Once that makes sense, take that same principle, and apply it to your life. Examine how much time you have to complete and do certain things. This is your box.
Now take note of all of the tasks and activities you need and want to do. These will be the items you’ll put inside the box.
If you can schedule out your time right, you should be able to produce a well-balanced plan for the short-term, and all thanks to Feng Shui.
Tips for Managing Your Time
Time management is not easy so don’t be turned away if you don’t get it first try. A lot of it relies on dedication and discipline, which can take some time to perform effectively. Be sure to learn more, but for now, here are some tips for managing your time.
Make a To-Do List
The to-do list is a timeless staple and can be utilized in a few different ways. For those who like to look ahead, your list can include major deadlines and events. For those who like to keep it simple and figure things out on a day to day basis, just make a list when you wake up of the things you have to do that day.
However you choose to make and look at your list, a to-do list allows you the flexibility to figure it out as you go along. All it does is tell you what needs to be done and then it’s up to you to do it in time. This is a good way to get into managing your time for procrastinators.
Make a Schedule
A schedule has a lot more benefits than a to-do list, but the cost of said benefits is the lack of flexibility, which isn’t a cost to some. Some people crave structure while others don’t.
Either way, a schedule will allow you to plan ahead while also creating a routine for you to follow. Routines are important as the more you do them, the easier it will become. If you can schedule out your work, academics, and social life into a well structured and managed routine, you’ll be on your way to a well-balanced life.
Learn to Prioritize
Prioritizing is the key to time management. No matter how you go about it, you need to be able to decipher what is the most important thing that needs to be accomplished. That will be the basis of how you go about structuring your day(s).
We all know that life doesn’t always go as planned. You will have times when something comes up unexpectedly and it completely derails your flow. It is important to be calm under this pressure and quickly rearrange your priorities so you can get everything done.
Proper Time Management Is Key
Hopefully, now you understand the importance of time management for students. It is the backbone of the structure of your newfound adulthood. Without it, you might as well be a leaf on a windy day.
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