This fall, thousands of students will begin their first semester of graduate school. With 32 as the average age of graduate students in the United States, it's no wonder so many of us are trying to figure out how to juggle not only being a student, but also the responsibilities of work and our families. It’s important for students to learn time management early on, so here are 5 tips for business school students to properly manage school, work and life.
1. Pick up the quick read, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen R. Covey - the Quadrant Four Model is a
powerful tool for time management.
2. Get involved but learn when to say no.
Sure you want your leadership, organizational and teamwork skills put to good use. However, join clubs that interest you, attend events that align with your goals, and take on leadership roles that you are passionate about.
3. Make a list, schedule everything and stay organized. Schedule time for the gym, meditation, dinner, family time, , clubs, academic commitments and homework and most importantly, YOU time. Carving out time for school, work and family will help you manage your time accordingly and not let things fall to the wayside.
4. Prioritize: With a long list of to-do’s it will be essential to prioritize what’s urgent and what can be completed later. Focus what needs to be done now and not what can be done later. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your graduate degree.
5. TAKE A BREAK. Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up.