No Time Like the Present: Tips on Time Management

One of the most difficult tasks facing college students today is time management. There seems to be no shortage of responsibilities but a huge shortage of time. Between balancing classes, homework, internships, jobs, studying, and a social life, it’s no wonder the average student can so easily become overwhelmed. Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life offers several resources for students who struggle with time management and focus.

The first is a blog by Mark Forster, “Get Everything Done.” Forster has written three books on time management and organization and uses his blog to offer even further advice. Forster has written posts on how best to manage time, pursue your goals, eliminate procrastination, cut out bad habits and keep focused. Forster references his own books as well as articles and other outside resources. To make best use of this blog, access the blog archives. Here each post is divided into a specific category so the reader can click on the link for whatever problem they are dealing with and access all posts concerning that topic. Forster offers a lot of good advice and resources that any student struggling to get things done would find helpful. This blog can be found at www.markforster.net.

The second blog is by Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestselling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of the greatest hindrances to the effectiveness of college students is that they feel that they have so much to do that they cannot do any of it well. In his blog, Covey offers advice on how to prioritize and manage a large task list without becoming overwhelmed. He also offers advice on how to be proactive in pursuing goals, rather than continually putting things off for tomorrow. Covey recommends realistic ways for those in the habit of procrastination to change their lifestyle and to gain back control of their time and resources. This blog also includes category links to the right of the page so the reader can easily select what specific posts they wish to read. Covey offers very helpful advice on a number of topics, not just time management, all of which serve to point students toward success. This blog can be found at http://www.stephencovey.com/blog/.

The last blog is “43 Folders” by Merlin Mann, independent writer and public speaker.  He too offers advice on a variety of subjects which all center around helping the reader bolster productivity and the quality of work by increasing attention spans and time management skills. Mann stresses the first step in focusing on work and producing quality work is to care about the work. He includes advice on how to remove distractions from your working environment. Much of the advice is very practical, such as always have a backup copy. This blog also includes videos of Mann verbally giving advice, which is helpful after a long day of reading on a computer screen. Mann’s blog is colorful and entertaining, but no less effective. This blog can be found at http://www.43folders.com/.

In a world where many students feel as if they do not have the time to breathe, resources such as the blogs above can be an invaluable tool. They can mean the difference between success as a student and barely making it through. The blogs are accessible, easy to follow, totally free, and incredibly helpful, everything a college student looks for in a resource. Students should be encouraged to use all tools available to help them make the most of their college experience.

Stori Long

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