Time Management Essentials

Written by Kiana Pennington

“Time management” is a phrase heard over and over in college, and honestly, I cringe at the sound of those words. I wish time management were not as important as it is, but as a full-time student who also works a 20+ hour work week, time management is crucial.

As a returning student, I felt incredibly confident in my time management skills because I had learned the ins and outs in my first year – yet here I sit, at the end of the third week of classes, behind in all of my readings. So to quote my mother, “do as I say, and not as I do.”

To be successful, planning is essential:

  • Buy a day planner. Write down everything, including your Netflix time, you will not be able to remember all that needs to be done.
  • Be proactive, start assignments early to avoid that unhealthy, rip-your-hair-out deadline stress.
  • Take breaks. It has been incredibly helpful for myself to set a timer. 30 minutes of work, 5 minute Facebook break.

Your health is important:

  • Sleep – Sleep is so good. Sleep is so friendly. Sleep will never let you down.
  • Water – I am waiting for the day that the medical world comes out with a caffeine IV drip, but until then, drink a water between your many coffees.
  • Exercise – Remember that day planner? Pencil it in. Burn off that inevitable stress.

One of the last and most important things to learn is when to give up. There comes a point where your brain hits a wall, and the best way to fix it is to close your laptop, or your textbook. Do not cram, it is not helpful.

Just remember, if you did the work, it is impossible to fail. Have faith in yourself. At the end of the day, the biggest thing that I have to do is tell myself that I will be okay, regardless of whether or not I believe that statement. As important as time management is, attitude is even more so.

 Kiana Pennington is one of GPRC’s Education Ambassadors