Take Control of Your Time

“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future!”  These lyrics sung by the Steve Miller Band summarize what happens to many of us.  Do you ever feel like time is slipping away and you don’t know how you’re going to juggle everything you have to do?  Here are a couple of tips and some resources that may help you manage your time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Evaluate, Prioritize and Compartmentalize!

1) Your first task is to evaluate all of the time suckers in your life, whether that be school, friends, work, family, exercise, spiritual/religious activities, gaming, or other hobbies.  Make sure you acknowledge everything that is time consuming.

2) Take a look at your list and decide if each item is really necessary at this point in your life.

3) Once you’ve determined which activities should be on your list, start prioritizing and compartmentalizing!  As a student, school will naturally be at the top of your list and will be consuming the majority of your time….or should be.

4) After you’ve prioritized, start with your #1 priority and set aside the time you will need to accomplish this task (compartmentalize).

Make sure when you’re prioritizing and compartmentalizing that you leave “down time” to focus on your well-being. If you keep your activities in their compartments you’ll feel less stress and find that you accomplish more because you stay focused!  Remember to evaluate your priorities as your activities and obligations change.

Additional Resources:

What’s Your Plan – Career Skillet

Learn to Manage Your Time in College – US News

Top 12 Time Management Tips – US News

Time Management – Mind Tools



About Tami Duzan

Tami is employed with Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) at Eastern Illinois University and is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern.  She has a Masters degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from EIU with a concentration in Family Studies.  At CCR&R Tami has had the responsibility of hiring and supervising student employees including work study students, interns and graduate assistants.

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