August 13, 2009

College Bound Time Management Tip #1

My son Brandon leaves for college on the 20th.  He will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.  The other day he said, "Ya know Dude, I might need to read your blog. I'm not sure how I am going to find time to do the studying I need to do. Might need some of your time management tips." Duh!

I suggested he do what organized professionals everywhere do. SCHEDULE IT! Do what I do. Every Sunday night I set aside several minutes to look at my schedule for the coming week. I see where I have calls to make, meetings to attend in the office, people I need to meet with outside of the the office. I take a look at my Task List and determine some of the pending matters that require some work. What projects do I want to complete this week?

Once I have completed this review I SCHEDULE IT! Schedule time for the most important things you want to accomplish this week. Block off time on your calendar to exercise, even if it is at 5:00am like it is for me most days. Block off a few hours for homework in the afternoon on Thursday because you know that Thursday night is party night on campus. SCHEDULE IT! Keep to your schedule and you will get the important things done.

Try it for a month, then let me know how it works.


Lauren said...

I couldn't agree with this more. Over the last month and a half, I have learned how to use (and stick to) a calendar. Now, I'm to a point where I can't do anything without it! It's wherever I go - my computer, my phone - I can't live without it. And before I make plans I have to refer to it, and once I make plans (even if it's to do my laundry) I put it in my calendar! It's a great way to get and stay organized. What I've also learned is there are not enough hours in the day :)

Zack Shapiro said...

Scheduling is an important aspect of college, learning how to fit things in.

I've discovered that more important than scheduling alone is learning your limits. When to start saying "no" as you get involved in too many things is another aspect of college you have to learn.

I'm in the middle of my sophomore year and I'm currently getting bombarded by internship opportunities that sound incredible. I'd love to take two or more of them (I took one that I'm not getting money or credit for, just experience) but I've also got an editor job at the paper, school to focus on, friends to keep up with, a blog to run, an iPhone app to manage and more! Fitting it all in plus time to breathe can be a difficult task.

So yes, schedule well but also learn to say no. Learn to let great opportunities go in the interest of not over-loading yourself and stressing yourself out. The primary goal of college is to graduate, the extracurriculars and work outside of college can wait.

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