Assuming you are normal, before you became a student you more than likely filled every single minute of your day with some activity. Furthermore, if you belong to the ever-increasing population of nontraditional students, these activities more than likely included doing things with or for a spouse as well as a kid or two. Time management and college can't be separated. Prioritization...or lack thereof...will determine your success...or lack thereof.

Want proof
That effective time management can give you a more fulfilling life? OK, I’m the proof-giver. First to identify something as “more” you have to have a baseline to compare to. So, let’s identify what exactly makes for a “fulfilling life.”

Would it mean….

  • More time for family and friends who actually want to be around you.
  • Being able to pursue goals such as finishing your education or getting organized
  • Having time for hobbies such as fishing, quilting, or reading more
  • Reducing stress in your life caused from being so rushed all the time

If so, then effective time management can definitely help you out.

Let’s assume

That since you are seeking something then you, at present, don’t possess that particular attribute. In that case you would be guilty of poor time management. In that case the above list would look like:

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There are so many time budgeting tips and tricks that could make a significant difference in one's life. Here are 5 of my favorites that have made my life easier and those around me love me more (since I'm not so grouchy).

The way I see it, there are several reasons why

Time Management should be priority number 1 (one) and they pretty much all have to do with enjoying life in some way or another.

Let’s face it,

  • The mom with the really really messy house doesn’t like her house that way.
  • The one that’s always running late, doesn’t like always running late
  • The one who constantly relies on fast food for her family’s nourishment and doesn’t like doing that either.

But, the reality is,

All these things, from the way our house looks, to constantly running late, to how we feed our family, are all a direct reflection on us as women.

(And let’s don’t even mention how those kids look, smell, dress, and behave.)

I’m looking

At the subject of Time Management from the perspective of being a mom who works from her home which, of course, would be different from…say…someone needing time management prioritization at work

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Well, today is Friday. Most Fridays are kind of rushed and full but today was especially so. Fortunately, I knew and planned and even in the last few minutes keep arranging things. Sometimes it feels that’s my main job–“thing arranger.” (Just call me TA for short.) But, hey, at least I have things to arrange. I try to think of it that way. At least the grandkids can go to daycare (woo-hoo–love ’em, but I need a break), at least my 14 year-old “unschooler” has an afternoon program available to go to, at least I have a child to watch practice soccer (some Friday nights) and who is involved in church (where she happens to be tonight), at least my older daughter has a job (which is why I have the grandkids to begin with) and on and on and on. It’s all in your mind. If you are thankful for the things that take up your time then you might be a little less rushed to get this done and that done. For instance, I picked up the kids earlier from daycare. Now, it WAS an interruption in my day–I was working on the computer and had to stop. But, instead of viewing it as an unwanted interruption I chose to be thankful that:

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There must be a better way! How many times have you said that (at times through clenched teeth)? Well, I’m here to tell you there really is.

I’ll delve into each topic’s intricacies and nuances (as well as the inherent headaches) such as the golden standby the to-do list.

Remember, everything I say is my opinion., but also realize that I was a full-time employed, single parent for many years until I became a part-time employed single parent college student.

If it weren’t for some really cool time tips that saved me loads of time and aggravation, I would not have made it through college. The time management strategies and techniques enabled me to have sufficient time for studying and earning the grades I wanted.

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