College is all about using your time wisely. From getting to class on time, going to the gym, and getting your laundry done, everything requires consistent scheduling. For the freshmen here at LIU Post, time management may seem like a daunting task, but know that with some simple tips and planning it can be easily reached.
One of the best ways to man¬age your daily routine is to create a schedule, either in a notebook, on your phone, or on your computer. Write down your class times and then write down some things to do in between, such as getting something to eat and when to meet up with friends.
However, as your semester progresses, attending meetings for clubs and organizations you want to be a part of also becomes part of your routine. A great piece of advice is to make sure you’re committing to clubs that you really want to be a part of. You shouldn’t spread yourself too thin, otherwise you will end up with more than you can handle. The last thing you want is to have to juggle attending a club event, having a paper due and still having to do laundry, all in one day.
Cathleen Joseph, a senior studying digital art and design, shares her advice on time management in college: “The key to success during college is to do everything in moderation. It’s perfectly fine to have fun, but don’t waste your tuition money by not studying and taking care of your daily responsibilities. Remember there are only twenty-four hours in a day, so use them wisely.”
Finally, the best thing you can do to manage your schedule is to make time for yourself. Part of college is self improvement and learning more about what interests you as an individual. Everyday set at least an hour aside for yourself and do something that you enjoy that relieves stress from the day. Part of the busy lifestyle which comes when starting college is to be able to find time to enjoy life, all you have accomplished and most importantly all you are still accomplishing. Whether it’s a good book or music, it’s all a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as an adult.
College is the beginning to creating your life and how you want to run it without parents or guardians around to guide you step by step. Your college experience depends on what you make of it.