By Samantha Armstrong/ AS Graduate Advisor

As the quarter comes to a close, I am again reminded of how much activity, school work, stress, and laundry can accumulate in the time between classes starting and Winter break. It is the time of year that I begin seriously contemplating how I am going to fit everything in and manage my time in a way that allows me to maintain some semblance of sanity. Over the course of this quarter I have used this column to reach out to Western students and encourage them to be involved, talk to Western clubs and organizations about networking, and promote collaboration between Western clubs and organizations. While I believe all of those topics to be of great importance, I would like to dedicate this article to all those club members and students feeling the end of the quarter crunch!

I ask you to consider the following questions: Does it seem like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done? Do you feel like you’re always running late? Do you look at other people, and admire their drive? Do you wonder how some of your fellow students seem to be so organized and in control, and how they always seem to fit everything in and be effective?

The above questions are sometimes very hard to face since you are then faced with figuring out what steps you can take to feel more together and stress free. It is important to keep in mind that while time can work against you, it can also be your biggest asset if you know how to manage it properly. If you can find ways to increase your productivity, you can accomplish more in your day; impress your fellow students, professors, and employers; and leave yourself just enough time to enjoy life. Below is a list of time-management techniques I have compiled over the years to help ground me and remind me that if I manage my time wisely I may just survive the quarter! Consider these tips, but personalize your habits so that they suit you. If you set priorities that fit your lifestyle, your success rate in accomplishing what you want may be higher. I wish you all the best and encourage you to walk the talk with time management strategies!


1. Make a “To Do” List Every Day. Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it’s easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don’t forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments.

2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely. Get some reading done on the bus ride home from school.

3. Remember That It Is Okay To Say “No.”

4. Find the Right Time. You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night.

5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.

6. Communicate Your Schedule to Others. If phone calls are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It may sound silly, but it helps.

7. Become a Taskmaster. Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly.

8. Don’t Waste Time Agonizing. Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it. Take it one piece at a time and you will soon be done!

9.Find Something To Enjoy In Whatever You Do. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do or to reward yourself for even the little accomplishments!

10.Find Ways To Build On Your Successes. You know what works for you and I encourage you to start a positive domino effect in your life!

11.Stop Regretting The Things You Don’t Get Done And Push Ahead.

12.Remind Yourself, “There is Always Enough Time For the Important Things.” If it is
important, you should be able to make time to do it.

13.Keep Paper or a Calendar With You To Jot Down the Things You Have To Do or Notes to Yourself. Some people are able to keep it all in their head! I am not one of those people; are you?

14.Put Up Reminders in Your Home or Office About Your Goals.

15.Keep Things in Perspective. Life is about BALANCE! Remember to make time for yourself!