The Importance of Time Management – GT1000 Guest Post #3

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is the third post surrounding time management.

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Time management is critical in college. It is important for getting all your homework done, arriving to class on time, but most importantly it is important in getting enough sleep. Many college students do not receive a good night’s sleep. Often, students go many days in a row with only a few hours of sleep. Sleep is a vital aspect of doing well in school. Getting enough sleep is not just important for your health, but it will also make you become a better student.

Sleep helps improve energy, focus, motivation, memory, and one’s overall health. All of these factors are beneficial to being a good student. It is proven, that most people age 18-20 need almost ten hours of sleep a night to stay fully rested. I can assure you that not many people here at Georgia Tech are getting ten hours of sleep a night. But why is there no time to sleep? Lack of time management! Students put off their homework or studying for their tests til the last minute. As a result, they are required to stay up into the late hours of the night in order to complete all of their assignments. Sleep is usually the first thing that students relinquish in dire situations. Yet, if one’s time is managed better, there will be more time to sleep.

Instead of waiting to the last minute to write that lab report, or study for that calculus test the next day, one should split up their studying into smaller chunks throughout the week prior to when the assignment is due. This will make more time available for sleep. Also, students should turn off the Xbox, computers, cell phones, and other distracting electronics at night and get some rest. No one likes waking up feeling tired and terrible. Smart study habits will help open up more free time during the day, and will allow for more activities and time for leisure.

It is not always easy to find time for sleep, especially during the first few months of college, but it is necessary that sleep not be discarded. Sleep will help you become a better student. An extra hour of sleep will help you feel more rested, awake, and focused the next day for an exam. Don’t spend your time staying up all night trying to cram. Learn what is important and then get some rest. Sleep will help your memory work at a faster rate.  Make an extra effort to try and get some extra shuteye. It may not always be easy, but your body, mind, and grade will improve if you do.

– Christopher H.

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