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Time Management Tips

Time Management Tips

Student-athletes are busy people.  A typical day usually starts with breakfast then it’s off to school from sun up to sun down, then practice, then homework, squeeze in dinner, studying for that biology quiz, shower (if there’s time), and bed time.  This doesn’t include phone calls and responding to that endless flood of texts and e-mails from your bffs.  We get it – you’ve got a crazy life, but if we could have your attention for just five minutes, we’d greatly appreciate it.

Time management is crucial when you’re a student-athlete.  Your performance in the classroom is just as important as what you do on the field so here are a few tips on how to stay on top of your hectic schedule:

  1. Turn your cell phone off or on silent when doing homework or studying for a test.  The fewer distractions you have, the faster you’ll be able to finish your school work.
  2. Try cutting in half the time you spend on social networking sites.  You’ll be amazed with the extra time you have and you can use it to get ahead on school work so you’ll have less to do later.
  3. If you know you will be missing class for a game, make arrangements with your professor to make up any tests and assigned work.
  4. Turn off the TV and Ipod! 
  5. Use your planner.  Write down all of your test, quiz, and project due dates for the month, semester, or year so you know when you’ll be busy and when you’ll have time to breathe.  This helps you stay on top of your school work.
  6. Away games are always fun, but they can also be a great time to get some homework done.  
  7. Use your weekends wisely!  Weekdays can be very hectic with school, practice, and games.  Use the extra time you have on Saturday and Sunday to get a jump start on next week’s work or catch up on some of the assignments you may have missed.
  8. It’s ok to say no.  Not everyone understands that student-athletes have a lot on their plates.  Know your limits and don’t be afraid to say no if someone asks you to do something.  Make sure that you are comfortable managing your current schedule before adding on to your to-do list.

Published on July 12, 2011

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