Nov 3, 2009

Time Management Workshop

by Mallory Barks

For those students who consistently wait until 2 a.m. to start papers due at 7:40, and insist they work better under pressure but cannot log off Facebook, the Student Care Office (SCO) hosted a time management workshop to give tips on balancing schoolwork with a social life.

According to SCO Administrative Assistant Janet Brown, students must learn to balance work and leisure because the way students choose to manage their time will affect them for life.

Assistant Professor of Education Steve Amburgey showed how the average person’s time is divided yearly. After sleep, meals, school, work, travel, exercise, church and Internet use, each person is left with roughly 720 hours per year to spend with God, family and friends.

“Think about how precious your time is,” Amburgey said. “We want to glorify (God) with how we use our time and efforts.”
While most students want to balance their time, practicing good time management does not happen overnight. It takes time to learn. According to Brown, learning how to balance classes and a social life is especially difficult for freshmen. Upperclassmen also need to adjust their schedule each time they take on a new activity.

According to Student Conduct Officer Mike Massey, the first step to managing time is having a good perspective. Students have to want to form good habits.

Second, students should identify priorities and order them based on what needs to be done first. Third, students must make appropriate choices based on those priorities, according to Massey. After deciding what needs to be done, do it.

The final step is to avoid procrastinating. Do not wait until the last minute.

According to Massey, even the best time manager cannot do it alone. Everyone needs at least one tool to help.

For students who are not tech-savvy, Massey suggested using a planner or desk calendar. For the technology generation, Massey suggested using the Microsoft Outlook calendar, which can be accessed through students’ Liberty e-mail, to keep track of daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists. “If you know where your time is going to go, you won’t be as stressed about it,” Brown said.
For the Internet-obsessed, even Facebook has a calendar application.

“It’s an oxymoron … (but) you can manage your time on Facebook,” Massey said.

With plenty of tools, every student has the opportunity to manage time well, but the responsibility still falls on the individual.

“You have to actually use (the tools),” Massey said.
Most students have trouble making enough time for homework, but some students have the opposite problem and do not take enough time for themselves.

According to Brown, just as children get a gold star and adults get a paycheck, students need a reward for their hard work. Leisure allows students time to make and maintain relationships with God, family and friends, and it allows time for recreational activities. Leisure also provides students with a mental and physical break from the stress of schoolwork.

Brown advised students to come up with one activity each week that they want to do and then make room for it in their schedule.

“You don’t need to be studying all the time,” Amburgey said. “It’s good to have a social life … (but) you can’t do that all the time.”

Contact Mallory Barks at mjbarks@liberty.edu.


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