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72% of adult college students have to work steady jobs throughout the school year.You can balance a packed schedule with a little planning and organization
And 20% of adults working steadily hold full-time jobs, according to a 2011 study by the U.S. Census Bureau. Add a family and any social activities into the mix and adult college students probably find themselves eating meals in the car, or even worse, over the sink.
Trying to balance this chaotic schedule can feel overwhelming at times, but there is a way to balance a packed schedule. Like anything else worth doing, you need to make time to make time.
Take a look at these organizational tips and learn how to get a grasp on your most critical resource – time.
6 Ways to Manage Your Time Better
- Read Your Course/Syllabus Calendar: Familiarize yourself with due dates for key assignments, and set aside time to prepare for them. Quizzes, papers and of course final exams all take a little more time. Remember the 5 P’s here – prior planning prevents poor performance.
- Honor Your Internal Clock: Are you more productive in the mornings or evenings? Complete highest priority tasks when you do your best work. Determine if you’re a morning person or night owl.
- Make schedules and checklists: Take charge and give yourself some guidelines. Print weekly assignment sheets and check them off as you complete them. It helps you appreciate each little accomplishment along the way.
- Create flexible times: Help manage unforeseen hurdles by building in flexibility, both in your mind and in your schedule. Life happens – plan accordingly.
- Stay Organized: If you’re taking more than one class, have separate binders and notebooks for each one. Keep your computer desktop organized so you can find the files you need for each particular class.
- Be Healthy: Last but not least, keep yourself at your best with plenty of sleep and regular exercise. Energy levels deplete when stressed; increase your alertness with rest and some type of exercise. Even a brisk walk or quick stretch will do the trick.
Managing a busy schedule provides some sense of control when life gets hectic and everyday tasks begin to overwhelm you. Try to find some balance between work, school and family life with these small but powerful tips. You may find you have time to actually sit down at the dinner table for a real “happy” meal.
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