I remember my undergraduate studies flying by, barely able to adjust to what would come tomorrow. I thought that it would be fine if I handled it tomorrow. However, I now see things differently, as time seems to speed up as I work through my graduate studies. Tomorrow is a hope that I want to give to my future, but today is what my future deserves. Flying by the seat of my pants simply would not cut it! I had to adapt, change habits, and be open about my time with my friends, family, co-workers, and most importantly, myself.
I have taken the following pieces of advice from professors, family members, great friends, and colleagues (hint, the aforementioned will play a big part in your time management):
Not every task is equal. You might find that some areas need more of your focus than others. Some require you to focus on studying, others will require taking tests. If you learn to allocate time properly, you can schedule more effectively.
Your support team is as proud of your education as you are. Letting them truly know when you are and are not available will go two-fold. It’s important to make a habit of keeping your time blocked off, even around socially tempting settings, to build a sense of importance around the time you are giving to your education.
Block off those times and treat them like an important meeting.
Time management is not always as easy as just starting one day, and it certainly is not limited to these three suggestions. Everyone’s needs are unique, but if you can find the balance, you’ll find you’re able to put more emphasis on what is most important. Chip away at healthy time habits bit by bit. You’ll find that time management is a skill for everyone!
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