Tuesday, June 11, 2013

5 Steps to Manage Your Personal Time in College

We're in college.  We're busy.  We're always on the go.  Focus is on school.  Focus is on friends.  Focus is on career.  Wait, is there really a focus at all?  It's more of a whirlwind, a blur.  Yes, it's a blur, that's what college is.  But when you get that quick couple of minutes to think about what you want to do for yourself, does it ever seem too overwhelming to begin?

The truth is, you should not feel overwhelmed.  You should feel empowered.  You are already managing your time - hopefully well - but you can certainly find time for yourself.  No, you need to find time for yourself.  Here are 5 steps to take to fit what you want to do into your schedule.

1. Figure out what you want to do
It is far too easy to get caught up in school and career and the strong current of life.  Take a second to remember yourself in all of this, this long journey.  What do you want to do?  Do you want to go to the gym?  Read a book?  Simply spend time away from the computer?

Whatever you choose, do it fr you.  We spend a lot of - no, too much - time doing things that we don't really want to do.  This is your time, make it what you want!

2. Decide how often you want to do it
One thing that you want to avoid is making your goal unattainable.  There are days that you really are too busy for anything else.  Can you fit it in once every other day, once a week, once a month?  Make it reasonable.  Don't make it too often that your stress yourself out.  Stress is what you are trying to avoid in the first place!

3. Write down your schedule
Do you wake up feeling overwhelmed with your daily schedule?  Write it down!  Maybe it sounds corny and overly simple, but it can really help to make a small to-do list each day.  Nothing feels more empowering than checking a task off that list.

Again though, remember to keep it manageable.  You don't want to stress yourself out.  If you end up with a to-do list of 50 tasks to complete in one day, you are going to scare yourself.  Make it workable and keep it balanced between work and things that you want to do.  Remember, leave a little breathing room for random things that come up during the day that will need your immediate attention.

4. Just go do it
Get out there and go do it!  You did all of this thinking and planning, now it's time to put that plan into action.  Make sure you go about your task with a clear mind though.  Don't try to multi-task through your personal time.  Keep your "you" time for just you.  

5. Keep it up
You did all of this work to manage your stress and make time for yourself, don't let it all go to waste!  Stay on a consistent schedule.  Go to the gym three times a week.  Read for an hour every other day.  Keep to a schedule that suits you.  After all, it is all about you.


Kevin Rossi is a pre-junior Drexel Sport Management major with a minor in Communications. Kevin has worked at Double Eagle Golf where he is now Social Media Coordinator and Comcast-Spectacor as their market research intern. Since joining the SMTSU, Kevin has worked his way up the ladder to Vice President. Currently, Kevin is a staff writer for Philahoops.com, and he has joined Temple University Athletics Communications for co-op this spring/summer.  Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevin_rossi.

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1 comment:

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