Yes, there are benefits to learning how to manage your time -- everyone seems to know that. But what exactly do the benefits of time management look like to college students in particular? Is good time management really worth all of the time and effort?
8 Benefits of Good Time Management in College
- You won't miss important "life" deadlines. "Life" deadlines and projects are those things that keep your life on track. It may include turning in your FAFSA on time, getting your form in early so you have guaranteed on-campus housing next year, remembering to get your mom's birthday present in the mail so it arrives on time. When your time management is bad, life can get ugly in an instant.
- You won't miss important academic deadlines. Paper coming up? Lab report due? Group assignment on the horizon? Missing academic deadlines means you may miss out on being able to stay in school. Having good time management, on the other hand, means you get your assignments in on time -- and get a little sleep the night before they're due.
- You have more time to sleep well, eat right, and exercise regularly. Good time management means you have more time in general. And the better you treat your body, the better it treats you. Putting a little energy into time management now means you'll have more energy to get through your days (and workload) later.
- You'll have less stress. Good time management means that horrible paper you have to write gets done in a reasonable amount of time with relatively little stress. It's a much better approach than facing a panic attack the night before a deadline.
- You'll have more time to just relax and enjoy your time in school. Let's be honest: Even if you do decide to throw caution to the wind and just hang out with some friends in the quad, that research paper you're avoiding is still fluttering around in the back of your brain. When you're good at managing your time, you can really let yourself relax, knowing that the time you'll need to rock that paper has already been allocated in your schedule.
- You'll have more flexibility and spontaneity. When you're always behind and late on projects, you don't have the time -- or mental ability -- to just relax and enjoy, say, the spontaneous gathering in your residence hall or your roommate's surprise birthday party.
- Things will be easier for your friends and family. You know what it's like to have a friend who is always late: things can become trying after a while. Finally getting on top of your time management and turning into an independent adult who can run his or her own life will make things incredibly easier on your friends and family (not to mention yourself).
- Good time management skills will help you in your post-college life. Think your always-late, always-behind pattern is going to change once you graduate? Think again. Taking the time to learn and make permanent strong time management skills will serve you well in your life after college. After all, how can you go out and change the world if you're always running behind -- and late?