“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”
-quote by William Penn
My grandma has always told me to get my priorities straight. This piece of advice never helped me when I was stressed out and at the verge of crying. The good news is that was back in high school and since being in college I have taken her advice to heart and it has been the biggest help to me.
I am the type of person that likes to be busy, so managing my time well is extremely important. I am a full time student with homework and papers, I have a work study job and my internship, I also write for this blog, and as a graduating senior I take time to apply to jobs. And did I mention I do not have a meal plan so I cook all my food, make time to exercise, and try to enjoy life by doing something fun on the weekend besides my homework? Well that’s my life, and I am able to balance all of it because I keep my priorities in check; and balancing starts with good planning.
My favorite tools to juggle everything include my google calendar, a paper calendar from the Academic Support & Access Center, and a handwritten “to do” list. The google calendar I use to put my classes, work, and internship schedule in. This lets me know how much time I have during the week to do my homework, submit applications, or just have free time. The paper calendar I get at the beginning of each semester to write down when papers, quizzes, and tests will be so I can manage my time well throughout the semester. And last my to do list is a great daily and weekly tool I use to stay focused and prioritize my time.
I often find that when I make a list of things I need to do I actually get things done, instead of walking around complaining about what I know I need to do and stressing over it. So when I have my list and schedule in front of me it is easy for me to choose to write my paper that is due the next day, instead of going out with my roommates to Georgetown cupcakes at the last minute. Seems pretty easy not but it has taken a lot of practice and the more I stick to putting my priorities first, the less stressed I am.