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Not Enough Time

Dear Sugar
I am a busy college girl and with classes, assignments, and a part time job, there is little time left to do things for myself such as exercise, spend time with my boyfriend, cook, etc... Do you have any smart time saving tips to help squeeze more minutes out of the day? If so, please share!! Time Crunch Carrie

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Dear Time Crunch Carrie
Time management is a difficult mission to accomplish, and sometimes we all just wish there were more hours in a day. Developing a healthy balance between work and the rest of our personal life is crucial so hopefully, I can give you some helpful tips. The most important thing to remember is to make sure to slow down to enjoy the people around you.

Try to manage your time better by mapping out your days and making 'To Do' lists. People tend to stress about getting everything accomplished when sometimes they are simply just disorganized. Try to remember that you are only human; sometimes you have to accept the fact that you can't do it all and that's OK.

Exercising is key to keeping your mind alert and clear as well. Could you make running dates with your friends or your boyfriend? Since you enjoy cooking, invite your friends over to a dinner party, that way you can do something you enjoy while sharing it with the people you love.

As important as it is to maintain a study routine, your personal life should not have to suffer as a result. Could you be taking too many classes? Are your classmates feeling the same way? Make sure to take your weekends to enjoy your personal time. Set priorities and stick to them. Hopefully, you can soon master balancing your life so that you can enjoy your college experience to its full potential.

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JessNess JessNess 10 years
p.s tra is right. The weekend can be time to catch up with people but really it is a time to get things done. Work out, cook meals, do laundry and study. IF you want to do well in school there are just some sacarfices to your social life that you have to make. I hardly see my friends betweens everybodys jobs and classes. Its just something you have to deal with. We all try to keep in touch with them. Maybe to kill two birds with one stone you should have your friends over for dinner. Cook up a huge dinner and have a casual night with them
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Im a college student right now. When it comes to eating I do most of my cooking during the weekend. Make big meals like lasagna, enchiladas, stews etc. and have left overs for the entire weekend. Make hearty soups and stews freeze individual serving sizes in baggies then just heat them up. I love to buy packages of chicken breast and boiling them. Ill make different things with the chicken and also freeze some for later. Also if you do your dishes right after you eat you will keep your washing load low giving you more time. When it comes to working out I try to work out three times a week for at least thrity minutes. That is really all you need to keep up good physical health. I like to go to the gym early in the morning on the weekends. That way I am guranteed less people at the gym which means no waiting for machines. I also do a lot of walking which helps. If you live close to campus why not walk or bike. I walk home from my classes everyday- its about a 10 minute walk for me. When it comes to studying and doing assignments I do it whenever I have spare time between classes. Plus the key is do not get behind in your reading.Once you do you are forever screwed. You really do have time you just need to find it
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Wow Tra you are superwoman! I think you need some more time management try creating a schedule use your calendar and prioritize. It does get worse when you get a job unfortunately! I used to complain about this when I was in college now college seemed like a breeze.
tra tra 10 years
This is a difficult subject. As a college student, I carried a 18 credits per semester to accomplish a double major and a minor in 4 years plus I worked 3 part-time jobs totalling over 60 hours per week. Trust me, I know how you're feeling! This is where I disagree with Dear just a little bit. Make the most out of your weekends...don't think of it as free time, get stuff done. When you accomplish what you wanted, the weekend is yours! First and foremost, make sure you are keeping up with your schoolwork and keeping healthy. Going to the gym or taking a brisk walk really will help you feel relief from stress...which is important to keep up this hectic schedule. Make to-do lists...they're life-savers!
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