Mastering Time Management

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By: Morisa Young

College can become overwhelming very quickly — getting involved, doing your homework, don’t forget socializing and getting a decent amount of sleep. But what do you do when you find yourself with a full schedule and not enough time to get it all done?

Time management is an important skill to master. As easy as it is to be in denial about deadlines and procrastinate your work for as long as possible, using your time wisely will benefit you in the long run. For one, it will help you get your work done, and more importantly, save your sanity.

First, find a system.

Buy a planner, calendar, highlighters, pens, sticky notes, etc. Buy whatever will motivate you to keep up with your organization. Next, find a system that will work for you, whether it’s color-coding, using symbols, or simply writing things down. It will take some time, but you will eventually find a method that works for you.

Prioritize.

Once you find a way to keep track of your time—prioritize. It can be based on deadlines, the time needed to complete a task, prior commitments, etc. What you think is most important to get done is a personal decision, but it is something that shouldn’t be constantly changing.

Be honest with yourself.

The most important thing is to be honest with yourself about what you will or will not get done. You know yourself best, and what you will actually accomplish. More often than not, there are times when you plan to do something and then decide against it. Maybe it’s because you were being too optimistic, or decided to put it off altogether. Either way, you know how much work you can handle, and the best way to get things done is to be honest with yourself about it.

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