Home Time Management can really make college easier. And the reason I’m writing about this topic is because I know that there are many nontraditional students who really struggle in this area.
Perhaps you’re a nontraditional student who is looking for that magic bullet that will make college easier. Well, I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, is home time management, and it is as close to a magic bullet as you will ever get.
What I’m talking about is doing what you need to do… cooking, cleaning, and laundry… in a more efficient manner than ever before so as to have time for the things you want to do… spending time with kids or, for the purpose in this article, having time to study.
Run on over to my tutorial on Home Time Management and Cooking… there are several posts there. I’ve tried to make them pretty self-explanatory in the titles so see if there are any that particularly apply to you. Go ahead… I’ll wait for you.
Ok, you’re back. Let’s move on…
So, let’s dig into the topic of time management and students and how home time management can make college easier. There are 3 major ways that come to mind instantly and these are:
- Help You Find Time to Study
- Help You Focus Better on Studying
- Ease Any Potential Guilty Feelings
Let’s look at each of these a little more in-depth.
Help You Find Time to Study
Not having the time to study is one of the biggest complaints I hear. But (and you really need to understand this) you have the time… you’re just spending it on other tasks. Every time you spend too much time on any of those tasks you’re responsible for… cooking, cleaning, or laundry… you’re taking time away from time you could have spent studying.
How home time management can help is by streamlining those tasks so that they’re done in as little time as possible and without sacrificing quality, of course. You can then reinvest that time into studying. For example, if you spend 1 hour each night cooking and cleaning up afterwards then having leftovers 2 or 3 nights a week will free up 2 or 3 hours you can then devote to your college commitments.
Another example is that by getting your kids to do their own laundry you can free up even more time. Even young kids (4-7 years-old) can help fold and put up clothes. By the age of 8, they should be doing their own from start to finish.
Help You Focus Better on Studying
Many students have trouble concentrating if the house is messy. Other things that can adversely affect the ability to concentrate include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Putting off deciding what’s for dinner… it really nags at your brain all day
- Feeling like you don’t have time for your child’s soccer practice… and feeling like a horrible mom
- Knowing you should be doing housework or laundry… and feeling like a slob
How home time management can help is because you’ll have planned… on the weekend… what’s for dinner each night. You’ll have taken into account, and planned meals around and planned studying during, soccer practice. And, you’ll have done laundry as you were cooking, thereby utilizing that otherwise wasted time.
Ease Any Potential Guilty Feelings
Nontraditional students feel guilty for studying when they feel like they should be doing something else: cooking, cleaning, or spending time with kids. Yet, at least those can be justified as still needing to be attended to. Try to justify the need to kick back on the beach for a few hours. Try to justify soaking in a hot tub or lounging on the couch with a good book… just because you want to.
There’s always guilt. If we’re not studying we know we should. If we are studying we feel we’re neglecting something important.
How home time management can help is because when you really make an effort to manage your time you make time for what’s important… whatever that is. You’ll learn to cook quick (still healthy) meals, to speed clean, and to make the most of the reduced time with your kids. You’ll also learn to make time for yourself by clearing, and then really appreciating, small chunks of time.
I wrote this blog post to teach you about time management and students and what I’ve learned about how home time management can make college easier.
To Your Success…
Mary Segers BS, MSW
Your Home Time Management Expert and Coach
Helping You Reach Your Home Time Management Goals…
One Step at a Time
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