Manage your time with these five tips from Orientation 2018

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An old-fashioned watch. Photo credit to bitslammer.
An old-fashioned watch. Photo credit to bitslammer.

By Paige Parker
paige.parker505@myci.csuci.edu

Whether you are just entering college, finishing college or are somewhere in between, time management matters. It is an important part of university life to manage your time well because life can get in the way and it may be difficult to keep up with your schoolwork.

In order to keep your grades up, feel stress free and be more accomplished, it is key that one should keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle. This includes eating properly and getting enough sleep.

It can sometimes be hard to figure out what works for you to keep your mind focused on what needs to be done. You can try doing yoga or any other form of exercise to calm the mind. You can even try drawing or journaling.

Time is limited. It seems like a universal fact that people wish there was more time in the day so we can get the hours of homework and studying done while getting a full night’s sleep. When you manage your time, you tend to feel more fulfilled as well as get more accomplished.

Five CI students shared with The CI View how they manage their time.

Prioritizing Time

Vyctorya Thomas-Vanzant, freshman, English major

“Like a lot of other students, I have an issue with procrastination. If I’m short on time, the best method that works for me is prioritizing what’s due sooner than my other assignments. This technique helps me focus on what’s most important. The healthiest time management method, however, is to start on an assignment as early as possible and work on it little by little so that you don’t have a large workload when the due date gets close. The quality of my work in regards to research and length is better if I start early. Starting early also alleviates stress and keeps me from pulling all-nighters.”

Prevent Procrastination

James Meda, sophomore, biology major

“As a biology major, there is a lot to lay out on a weekly schedule. For me, I deal with all of my courses by preparing in the first few weeks of the semester and analyzing when homework is due. I also check how often I have a test for each course. Most of my professors assign homework every week, which allows me to create schedules, preventing procrastination.”

Planners, Planners, Planners

Melanie Ontiveros, senior, sociology major

“I like to plan out my day and any upcoming assignments. When listing assignments, I make sure they are in order of priority. For example, assignments that are due the next day should be at the top of the list. I also make sure to schedule any clubs and organization activities around my classwork to keep a good balance when managing my time.”

Living Stress Free

Mille Lefkowitz, sophomore, early childhood development major

“To manage my time, I try to break up the work I have to do, so I don’t get overwhelmed. I set myself a goal for the day and try to reach it, but if I don’t, I try not to be too hard on myself.”

Knowing When You Will Focus

Xzavier Greene, sophomore, business major

“I centralize my time management on my moods. Meaning I know how I’ll feel around a certain time and truly know if I’ll be motivated to work on my assignments. Firstly I structure my week around class, then work, and finally assignments.”

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