Don’t Stress, Plan Your Time

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Jane Dunning keeps track of time with her wrist watch.  Photo by Lacey Peterson.

Jane Dunning keeps track of time with her wrist watch. Photo by Lacey Peterson.

College is a great place to meet new friends, attend fun events, and find out who you really are. It’s important to do all these things, but balance is needed between school, work, and fun.
With the new school year beginning, and classes already handing out homework, students might already be struggling to keep up with everything. Planning out a schedule to keep things in check is a great way to stay on task and up to date.
Some students might find managing time daunting, while others might find it extremely easy. In either case, it’s always good to have some time and stress management tips.
Aubrey Taylor, a student at Snow College shares her ideas, “I would recommend that you turn off your cell phone while you do your homework because they are distracting and don’t allow you to learn as effectively as if you would otherwise.”
Students might also want to learn how to turn off other electronics while they try to focus on studying, homework, and especially during a lecture in class. With less distractions it’s easier to focus and get the important things done. Sometimes technology can help with
studying if used in the right way.Miranda Hyer, a former student at Snow College suggests that students, “Get a planner, list responsibilities in order of importance, and set reminders on your phone so you don’t let anyone down.”
Using a calendar is one of the best ways to keep track of assignments, work schedules, and things to get done. Even spending a little time every day on something that is due later on will help get the project done faster and more efficiently without it becoming a huge burden.
Putting off a huge assignment until the very last minute isn’t smart and will cause stress. Being stressed out should be avoided in the first place. Sometimes students can still become stressed even if they have been using their time wisely. In order to relieve stress, Cassidy Luke, also a student at Snow College, advises students to “Take a break so you have time to collect your thoughts.”
Taking a break can help students refocus their thoughts when their thoughts become overwhelming. One good way to refocus is to go for a walk. Going for a walk provides exercise, fresh air, and a way to feel relaxed. These are all things that can help reduce stress levels.
The best way to stay stress-free is to avoid it in the very beginning by managing time effectively. Staying on top of homework and studying periodically will ensure that there is also plenty of time to socialize and have fun without regretting it later. Managing time is easy. Just learn how to take one step at a time in order to save time.

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