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Time Management Tips From a Student Leader

As a full-time student and campus leader at San Jose State University, I’ve had no choice but to learn to manage my time effectively. In order to be successful both academically and in my extracurricular activities, I’ve had to find ways to balance all my responsibilities. Time management is the key to doing so. I’ve compiled a list of time management tips and tricks that I have developed to create this healthy balance.

Tip #1 - Create a structured daily routine

Creating a structured daily routine helps to maximize time and efficiency. A great way to ease into creating structure is waking up at the same time every day. Doing so will stimulate your internal circadian rhythm. Once comfortable in this routine, begin to slowly introduce new habits such as starting and ending each day by checking your emails and Canvas. 

Tip #2 - Write down EVERYTHING you have to do

Don't rely on memory recall when it comes to your important responsibilities. It's easy to forget nitty-gritty tasks when you have 3+ responsibilities to focus on. I'd suggest keeping a physical agenda, journal, or notepad near you at all times to quickly jot down tasks that need to be tackled. 

Tip #3 - Make use of Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a free application for all Google users made specifically for time management. Google Calendar allows users to add multiple calendars to a single main calendar. It is both desktop and mobile-friendly which is perfect for busy college students. The app sends reminders prior to the start of upcoming events eliminating the chances of forgetting!

Tip #4 - Color code your responsibilities

Color coding is a great way to visually separate important priorities. Assigning your different responsibilities specific color codes can help keep things organized and cohesive. Both Google Calendar and Canvas have this color-coding capability. If you are a physical agenda/calendar kind of person, buy highlighters to continue color coding!

Tip #5 - Unplug on the weekends 

The weekends are for self-care. Self-care is a personal responsibility that often gets overlooked. We tend to value school, work, and extracurriculars over self-care when it should be equally important. Take time on the weekends to unplug, mute your notifications, and spend time focusing on YOU. Remember that you can't be your best self if you don't feel the best. 

Need support in creating a structured routine?

The CSS National Team is here to support you through your professional journey. Time management is an important skill set that plays a huge role in becoming a successful professional. If you are a student leader struggling to uphold your responsibilities, please reach out to our program director, Courtney Cochran. We are here for you!