Maximize and Manage Your Time

Time management is something everyone struggles with at some point, and it takes a lot of practice. Nevertheless, it is a skill that every student should work on during his or her college career. Not only will it help you get through college, but it also will help you succeed in any and all career fields.

Why is time management so important? Here’s an example: it’s 9:00 PM on a Friday and you and your friends are getting ready to go out after a long week when you realize you have an assignment that’s due at midnight. This has happened to more than a handful of us: you have no choice but to stay in and hustle, hoping to get that assignment done. If you had better time management skills you would’ve been able to go out with your friends.

Knowing and planning how long it’s going to take you to finish everything each week not only helps you get your work done on time, but also helps you manage stress. Your work will come out better if you dedicate an amount of time to it, and you won’t worry about all the other things you need to do because you already have time planned for them later.

Learning how to organize your work and manage your time will also help you later when it comes to finding and keeping a job. It’s a skill you can put on your resume and talk about in an interview: it shows you are capable of getting work done efficiently. Employers are impressed when you show organization and self-motivation. You’re going to have to manage your own work once you’re out in the real world, and if you can’t motivate yourself to get it done on time, you’re not going to succeed.

Here are a few tricks you can use to make sure you stay on top of all of your work, even if you take online classes or work remotely. At the beginning of every week, write down each assignment or piece of work you have due along with the due date. Write down every single one: don’t fall into the trap of thinking “this is small, I won’t forget about it.” You will, so don’t take shortcuts, include it in your list.

After writing the due date and assignment, think about your obligations for the week, and make a note of when think you can realistically get that work done. Having a designated time will make you accountable, and if you break up the work it won’t seem like you have as much.

Check off or cross out the work you get done: you don’t have to worry about it anymore, so don’t leave it on your list. You’ll feel relieved when you see that list start to shrink, and accomplished knowing all of your work is getting done.

This article was written by Catherine Rafuse, ’19, a psychology major.