Mastering Time Management

6 Mar

Angela Petrie, Multimedia Writer – Purdue Marketing & Media

Grades. Sleep. Social life. Work. As a student, you’ve got a lot going on and sometimes it can be overwhelming. But fear not, here are some tips to get you on the right track.

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Use a calendar.

You know that Mortar Board you bought at the beginning of the semester? Get it out and brush off the dust, or better yet, get out your phone and open the calendar app. Add your class schedule, work schedule and any standard time commitments — like your bi-weekly lacrosse practice.

Add your assignments and a time estimate to finish them.

As you get syllabi and homework, put it down in your calendar or planner. Having all your assignments and commitments in one place will make your life a whole lot easier. Plus, if you know how long it should take to finish your homework in an evening, you’ll know whether you have time to pick up extra hours for work or whether you need to request off certain days due to your workload. Do this at the beginning of the semester so it’s easy to work out plans with your boss.

If you have a lot going on this week, make a list.

Take the mental chaos of what you have to do and write it down. Your head will be clear so you can focus on one task at a time. Maybe it’s on paper, in your email task list, your phone or on individual sticky notes. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you cross things off and watch the list shrink before your eyes.

Remember to relax.

Plan time to relax and reboot. You know what they say, all work and no play makes Jack really stressed out. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and fun in your life. Remember, it’s all about the balance.


Are there some tips we missed? What other things do you do to manage time effectively as a student? Tell us in the comments below!

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