Time is one of, if not your most important asset in life. In high school, time might seem abundant, but in college it can quickly become sparse. Remembering assignments, appointments, extracurricular activities and finding time to study can turn into an Olympic sporting event testing each and every time management skill you have. Without time management skills, stress becomes yet another factor to manage. Here are some quick, simple habits to pick up for maximum time management.
Make a to-do list everyday
Get into the habit of listing your daily responsibilities. Don’t let it get lost between the pages of your notebook. Tape your to-do list in a place where you’ll constantly see it.
Find your productivity time
Figure out what time of day that you’re most productive. For some students, this could be 8 a.m., 10 p.m. or any other time. Once you find your rhythm, convert it to a routine. Take it an extra step by eliminating distractions.
Don’t slight yourself on sleep
While it’s important to get your work done — don’t overdo it. Tackling time management requires a full night’s rest. Be sure to catch some Zs before the sun comes up.
Don’t be afraid to say no
Saying yes is easy, but it’s not always the best idea. If you know you’re already overwhelmed with due dates, then don’t sign up for more. Spreading yourself too thin is a no-no in time management
The college decision is an important step in every high school student’s life. Tuition costs and higher expectations might seem daunting, but don’t let fear steal an opportunity for a better life. College offers personal growth and knowledge expansion beyond a high school level. Here are some great reasons as to why college is the best choice:
1. More job opportunities
The job market gets increasingly competitive with each new class of college graduates entering the real world. Obtaining a degree is a great way to keep up with the competition. Without a degree, your career path could be shorter and harder to navigate.
2. Increase your potential
College will bring a multitude of opportunities. Each opportunity will mold you into a more adaptable and well-rounded person. In turn, your potential increases as you become more versatile.
3. Knowledge is power
The more you know — the better you’ll be. Knowledge isn’t limited to just books. It can come from advisors, professors and alumni as well as experiences. College is an opportunity to surround yourself with knowledgeable people who are ready to share what they know.
4. Make more money
Investing in college is like investing in yourself. A college graduate typically earns more than someone without a degree. Going to college gives you the tools to become as successful as you hope to be.
The great expense of college is no secret, but cost of not going to college is on the rise. The Pew Research Center released a study last Tuesday detailing the economic disparity among millennials. Results from their survey showed that economic well-being relies on having a college education. The economic disparity between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater. Point blank, young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.
Here are some highlights from the results:
- The median annual earnings for millennials between 25 and 32 years old who have at least one Bachelor’s degree is $45,500 compared to the high school graduate’s $28,000.
- High school graduates have an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent, which is 8.4 percent higher than college graduates.
- High school graduates make up 21.8 percent of the share living in poverty.
- 86 percent of college graduates said they have a career track and more than half said they were “very satisfied” with their current job.
- A significant majority (83%) of bachelor’s degree holders say they’ve already seen a return on what they and their family paid for their bachelor’s degree.
Source: Pew Research Center