Time management, how do you do it?

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    Apr 12, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm a full time college student (17 credits) approaching finals.
    I have a job, I try to work about 20-30 hours a week.
    I have friends, a social life. I do photography. I'm a turntablist. icon_cool.gif
    I want to go to the gym more. I think one of these RJ programs will help.
    I want down time. I never go to the beach or go shopping anymore.

    Lately, I feel an off-balance. I haven't been going to the gym because I've been studying a ton, and when I'm not studying I'd like to see my friends. I think I need a daily planner lately. I'm only 21, and I never thought I'd be this busy. It is flattering that people always want me to go to there events, and I feel like a jerk when I don't go but sometimes I really feel on the brink because I have so much to do.

    To make things a little worse, I signed up for summer classes when I should really be taking a vacation. icon_cry.gif
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    i know exactly what u mean....a very hectic life when u have multiple things going at the same time...my answer is devoting as little time as possible to every task u do..besides work and classes (those are set time).

    though i do have to say that the internet distracts me alot, and i do spend alot of time on here, time which should be spent studying more.

    As a college student though, this is expected..and to be honest....if my life was not so busy and hectic, i wouldn't like it...i love juggling many things at once
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    Haha...I did that last semester....NEVER AGAIN!
    I decided to reclaim my life and enjoy it while i go to school or else i become unproductive.
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    Respectyourself saidHaha...I did that last semester....NEVER AGAIN!
    I decided to reclaim my life and enjoy it while i go to school or else i become unproductive.


    so ur parents provide u with an income?
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    No, I took 17 hour science credits and worked my job. Pretty much had no time for myself. I did gym 2-3 times a week from my reg 6 days. I'm required to work a min 32 hours a week.
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    Apr 12, 2008 8:36 PM GMT
    sounds like me...but i wake up early in the morning to squeeze in gym time
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    Apr 13, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    Yeah. I went to Target looking for a day planner. No dice.

    I guess I'll just have to settle for that iPhone I've been eyeing. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 13, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    i had an extremely demanding job this summer but i learned the best time management skills because of it. what you need to do is get a planner that has all 24 hours in the day on it. what you need to do is schedule everything you have going on. schedule your classes, schedule when you want to work out, schedule when you're going to study, schedule social events with friends, schedule DJing parties, schedule going to the beach, schedule you're down time. i think you get the point - schedule everything! then stick to that schedule and don't deviate from it. you'd be amazed how much "free time" you have when you schedule everything. it seems backwards but it really is true. it also allows you to focus on one thing at a time. one problem with people is that they focus on how much they have to do, that they don't ever get anything done because they waste so much time just thinking about everything they have to get done. so give it a try and see how it works out
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    Apr 13, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    I agree with musclelover.

    I had to account for every hour in my day in order to prioritize. I take time out on the weekend to plan out the week ahead. I lay it out on my calendar (mac/iphone) I also plan my workout and meals ( I am doing the Body fro Life 12 week program) BFL also provides you with planning sheets to make your workout go smoothly. You can go online for those.
    It has been difficult. I used to be more flexible, but with school work and training I have to learn discipline. Good luck buddy and don't let your grades slip.
    All the best!!
    U.
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    Apr 13, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    I am also going to agree with those before me and speaking from experience...make an organized daily planner and stick to it. But the one thing I would suggest is to make some time for yourself. If you don't take time for yourself the chaos that is going on in your world will be brought to the social activities of your friends. As bad as it may sound, sometimes you cannot please everyone by attending their events.
    I don't know if it is just me, but as I organized my time, I realized how dedicated i am to some things more than others. So if that happens to other people like it does for me...be prepared. I hope my advice is helpful
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    Apr 13, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    Which day planner did you all use?
    Recommendations?


    Thanks for all of your advice thus far.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 13, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    You can use a planner or just get a notebook.

    Consider looking at school like a job. For every hour in class, budget another hour or two spent studying. Right now, your college work should be your #1 priority. You are paying for this, right? Focusing on it 5 days a week will get you ready for when you have a job.

    Then start scheduling the other stuff around it, adjusting as need be. Make time for the gym and your friends by planning ahead. Call someone and make a lunch or movie date, for example.

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    Apr 13, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidYou can use a planner or just get a notebook.

    Consider looking at school like a job. For every hour in class, budget another hour or two spent studying. Right now, your college work should be your #1 priority. You are paying for this, right? Focusing on it 5 days a week will get you ready for when you have a job.

    Then start scheduling the other stuff around it, adjusting as need be. Make time for the gym and your friends by planning ahead. Call someone and make a lunch or movie date, for example.



    I got a scholarship so I'm not paying for it but I'd still like a real job, one day.
  • Kirby_Atwood

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    Apr 13, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    you need to have a time planner...of course, you cannot squeeze everything in one day, as it only has 24 hours, and obviously you have alot to do...but you could plan for a week. There are 168 hours...you could squeeze many things into these 7 days...