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What I Learned About Time Management as a Senior That I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Every semester, I find myself trying to create and use time management techniques that don’t work out for me after the first month. As the first semester of my senior year comes to a close, here are the techniques I’ve found that actually work for me and that I wish I had found way sooner.

FINDING THE RIGHT ORGANIZATIONAL METHOD

Last semester, I started using Notion and, wow, it’s changed my life. I like having a digital space I can enjoy that has all of my class information, assignments, a calendar, and all other sorts of notes in one place.

CREATING A WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND STICKING TO IT

For the first time in my college career, I created a weekly schedule to stay on top of my class readings. For instance, on Sunday I do my readings for my history class and write the discussion posts for it. Having a schedule has helped me in getting my assignments done well before the due date while fitting in time for working on things like papers.

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USING THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE

The Pomodoro technique is a method of time management using intervals. Usually, you work for 25 minutes, then have a 5-minute break. After 4 intervals, you get a long break – around 15 minutes. You can adjust these times based on how you work best. There are a ton of apps for this or you can just use the timer on your phone. I didn’t think much of this when I first heard about it, but I have been using this technique for years. Having a designated time for breaks and work keeps me from scrolling through my phone or feeling burnt out.

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MAKE A TO-DO LIST AT THE END OF THE DAY

Throughout the day, I think of a dozen things that need to get done that I usually don’t have time to get to. Writing these things down at the end of the day helps ease my anxiety going into the next day.

Not treating rest as a reward

Knowing when to take a break is a valuable skill. Instead of treating downtime as a reward, I have started to see it as an essential part of being productive and preventing burnout.

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Grace Gallagher

Gettysburg '22

Grace is a senior double-majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies at Gettysburg College. She is involved in the Gettysburg College Historical Society, Alpha Phi Omega, and is the senior editor for the Gettysburg chapter of HerCampus. She loves coffee and dogs more than anything.
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