How to manage time

Allison Perkins


At this point in the semester, most have gotten used to the schedules and routines of their days, but at the same time, this is also the time at which a lot of people get overwhelmed. Last week was the first big week for a lot of classes, which means a lot of papers and tests for everyone.

To begin, the biggest aspect of managing time is remembering to give yourself some down time. A huge mistake that many people make is scheduling their time out perfectly, but they do not leave any time for themselves. Though it may not seem like a big deal at the time, it will be later when you really want a nap to make up for the lack of sleep you got the night before while studying for a test, but you can’t. Even if it’s only 30 minutes of your day, there needs to always be some time set aside for yourself.

Second, don’t pile up everything on one day to try to knock it out all at once. Though some can do this successfully, most can’t. Very few people havethe willpower to sit at a time and do homework without taking a break or procrastinating. Starting a paper before its due is not unrealistic. When you finish it with plenty of time to spare, you’ll be very satisfied.

Third, plan your time when you know you’re most produc­tive. If you know that you get more done at night than you do early in the morning, then plan accordingly. You know your body better than everyone else. Be smart about it, not unrealis­tic.

And last of all, write your­self reminders. Set reminders on your phone or type it down on your tablet if you don't own a planner. Being in col­lege means you’re smart, but it doesn’t mean that your brain can handle all of the informa­tion you’re given on a daily basis and remember everything important.

All of these things are equal­ly important when it comes to managing time, but one of the most important things to remember that no matter what comes your way, you'll get through it.