On the Clock: Musings on Time Management

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Time is tricky. Somehow tasks that were only suppose to take one hour take four, and before you know it, the clock strikes midnight. I often feel as if time just slips through my fingers. 

One of life's greatest conundrums is managing time, so today on the blog, I'm going to give you guys some tips to manage time.

1. Make a To-Do List

A to-do list will change your life. Between working two jobs, taking eighteen hours, and being involved on campus, I rely on my to-do list to ensure my work gets done in a timely manner. A to-do list will show you the assignments you have coming up, helping you stay on top of your work. Plus, it's extremely satisfying to finish a task and to be able to scratch it off the list. 

2. Keep a Calendar

With technology today, we have literally everything we could want or need to keep schedules straight. Use online calendars or the one on your phone to keep track of important events, such as tests, appointments, and weekend plans. You'll even get reminders to ensure you won't forget a meeting again. Keeping your schedule straight will also help you plan free time effectively. An hour break between classes is a great time to get started on a reading assignment or worksheet! 

3. Take Breaks

We've all experienced that one week or month where life is overwhelming, and we feel as if we're drowning in work. When the stress becomes too much, I like to take what I call a "mental health break." Whether I take a walk, grab some Sonic with friends, or watch an episode or two of my favorite show on Netflix, these breaks keep me from having a complete breakdown. 

4. Take It One Step at a Time

If you identify with the GIFs above, it's okay. Look at your to-do list and calendar, and then, prioritize. I promise that there is enough time to get things done if you plan ahead, stay organized, and take each day one step at a time. Finish one assignment, move on to the next, and take a break if necessary. 

If you're feeling overwhelmed, try out some of these tips. Hopefully, they'll help you live out the Bard's wonderful advice below. 

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late." - William Shakespeare 

Best wishes from the Choctawk on managing your time well! 

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