Now is the time to manage your life

Tyler Moseberry, Courier Staff

As we all try to return to some form of normalcy during the first week back at school, it is important to remember to follow protocols and social distance. So, with that in mind, how do we manage our time with some events, social gatherings and classes transitioning to an online format? Well that is the million-dollar question, but the best way to find an answer is to try a combination of things.

The first way you can manage your time better is to share the responsibility with your peers so that you all can hold each other accountable. You can do this by starting group chats with one another, creating similar schedules or setting reminders for the other person. Sometimes a little help is needed and whether you are providing that help or receiving it, it ends up working out.

Managing your leisure time is also important. Now, this may seem weird because leisure is meant to be just that: leisure, but the goal of managing your leisure time is to avoid sitting at your desk or in bed for hours on end and promote movement around your living space. Also, if you want to take it a step further, you can block off a couple of hours for you to do anything you want that is not work related so that you can ensure you will get a break. Either way, creating a break for yourself is important.

An assignment may take longer than anticipated or something may pop up that you were not expecting, and that is when you have to make adjustments to your schedule. Typically the first thing to cut down on is leisure time, but challenge yourself to take time on the weekend for an hour or two to make up for that time that was lost during the week. That way you can still relax a little bit during the week but still get the amount of work you need to complete done.

Most people spend most of the weekend catching up on sleep or just trying to forget the week they just finished, which is understandable. If you have a schedule that is tailored well for you then you can avoid a lot of stress that is created from just doing things as a deadline approaches or piling things up to do at the last minute. Preparation allows you to focus on the positive and negative outcomes you may face in the future.

When you make the effort to shape your life in a way that you see fit, then you begin to see your life flow in a way that makes sense to you. Everyone does not have to take on a similar plan, but making one should be on your list eventually. If you aren’t busy now you will be later because responsibilities get to be more important as you continue to move on with life. College is about learning, but it doesn’t always come in the form of a textbook.