Why Is Having Time Management Skills so Important?
When I first started going to Upike, I soon realized that I just wasn’t finding enough time in the day to do the things that were required from me. Before college, I never had to worry about if I was going to have enough time to finish a project. I didn’t have any time management skills because I had never ran into that issue before. It didn’t take long for me to adapt and learn some tips to help me to be more successful in not only my educational goals, but in my personal life as well.
If you commute to college, you will have to learn how to manage your time. You have to wake up early enough to get your day started and still make it to campus on time to find a parking spot and walk to class. The most important part is learning discipline, being able to make yourself wake up at a timely manner to not be crunched for time. A lot of times, parking on campus is scarce, so you’ll want to get to school with enough time to find a parking spot. I usually wake up one hour before my class starts. I live 10 minutes away from campus and try to be out of the door with 30 minutes to spare. This allows me to have more time incase of traffic or parking issues.
According to a survey, almost 60% of student athletes find it very difficult to balance sports and academics in college. Another study found that college football and basketball players spend over 25 hours on sports related activities other than games. These statistics show how hard it is for a student athlete to balance school and sports. Some helpful tips for student athletes are: always make sure to take time to sleep, find study groups and get a tutor, and do not procrastinate when doing assignments. You have to put your education first and above sporting events. I use the time frames between my classes to do homework assignments.
Part-Time Worker, Full-Time Student
Working a part-time job and being a full-time student is not an easy task, especially if you don’t have any other means of providing for yourself. One of my best pieces of advice would be to create a planner. If you plan out your hours, you can make better use out of it and accomplish more. When you have a lot of things to do and limited time, setting goals is a major help. Each week you should write down the things needed completed at certain dates. Just being organized and checking off completed tasks will keep your mind focused on your goals, making you more liable to complete them.
College can sometimes be stressful but if you seek advice from others that have been through your situation, you can learn from their mistakes. Learning how to manage your time and being as efficient with your school work is a major key to being successful at school. Time management skills are something everybody needs no matter how young or old you are.