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Effective Time Management for a New Term
Time marches on – sometimes much too quickly. College students understand this as well as anybody. Unfortunately, what they don’t always understand quite so well is how to effectively manage the hours in their day.
Now is a great time for your student to look at bad habits and to figure how he can be much smarter about maximizing his time. You can help by asking a few questions…
How much time do you spend sorting through “stuff”?
Ever heard the saying, “Stuff steals time”? Your student may find this to be true every time she’s shifting through her desk pile or searching through her overloaded backpack. Encourage her to spend 30 minutes each week filing papers away, organizing her computer and sorting through stuff so she knows where everything is. Getting in this practice can help stop the stuff shuffle for good!
How much time do you spend online?
A “5-minute check” can easily turn into an hour online. To save time, encourage your student to only check email or Facebook a few times each day, instead of responding to every ding. Suggest that he turn off the sound on his phone or computer if that’ll help. And encourage him to play “beat the clock” when he gets online to research – only giving himself 30 minutes to get in and get out. That kind of incentive can make him more aware of how quickly the clock is ticking.
How much time does other technology gobble up?
Ask your student to think about how much texting, chatting, TV-watching and video game-playing she’s doing. These techy pursuits are fine, in moderation. Just encourage your student to be smart about how she consumes them. Maybe she doesn’t need to call her friend every day. Maybe she can watch TV shows online for free, thus cutting back on time wasted by commercials. There are options!
Time is our most precious commodity. As your student thinks about what he wants this term to be all about, it’s important for him to look at how he’s spending his time. Sometimes old habits need to be bumped to make room for new experiences.
Time Management Advantages
- You gain time ,
- You get more sleep
- You feel more motivated
- You don’t get lost in “stuff”
- You reduce avoidance
- You don’t cram as much
- You feel less anxious
- You are more productive