Saturday, November 9, 2013

Managing Your Time and Stress

In college, sometimes it is difficult to juggle our different responsibilities. Classes, homework, work, internships, social lives and not to mention eating or sleeping can be very over-whelming. Here are some time managing and de-stressing tips that work for me.

1) Keep a schedule. 

Our phones can be quite useful when keeping our lives straight. I personally like to use iCalendar just to help me keep track of my work hours and appointments throughout the week. It works best if you enter the change in your scehdule as soon as it happens. That way you can go through the rest of your day knowing your phone will remind you if you are missing something. There are lots of smartphone apps that can help you do this. Also, if you're a more traditional person, keeping a planner to let you know when important projects are due, can help a lot. 

2) Make a to-do list. 

Sometimes we get so busy we often forget about the little things that need to be done. Keeping a to-do list can free up your mind so that you can focus on other tasks. If your to-do list is a long one, then focus on completing a few things on the list a day. Remember, you are human and you need to allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete important tasks. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can get everything done in one day and don't make the mistake of thinking you can get everything done an hour before it is due. Pacing is key. A to-do list can also help with sleep. I know how easy it is to lay awake at night thinking about all the things you have to do. Keep your to-do list next to your bed and write tasks down as you are falling asleep. Once it is on the list, you won't think about it anymore. Pretty soon you'll have nothing left to think about and you will doze off into that much needed sleep.

3) Exercise and eat healthy.

This may seem like a great way to waste time, but forcing yourself to go to the gym or just taking a walk around the block can actually help with focus. Once you sit down to work, your brain is ready to work and you can get more done with less time. Also, taking time to eat your vegetables instead of settling for fast food, gives your brain the nutrients it needs to function properly. If you have difficulty getting healthy food, vitamins can also help. 

4) Avoid all-nighters at all costs.

Going to bed the same time every night and waking up the same time every morning can help your head and body shake off that constant tired feeling. Did you know college students need as much sleep as infants? With adequate sleep, your brain is more likely to be there for you when you need it. Part of establishing a sleep routine means you also have to make time to study in order to avoid those all-nighters. Making a study schedule will give you an indication when you should study and when you have time to relax. Just knowing is half the battle. 

5) Remember to have fun.

With all our responsibilities it is difficult to remember to have fun. Having fun can lower stress and help shake off feelings of isolation or depression. So text a friend and see if they want to grab a bite to eat or see that movie everyone has been talking about. Make time for the things you enjoy and you will be ready to go back to class on Monday.

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