Monthly Archives: November 2013

Address your stress

Stress. The word alone is stressful. According to, stress is a state of mental tension caused by problems in your life, work, etc. No matter who you are, you are probably going to get stressed out at some point.

So, what can you do to help manage your stress level?

One of the things I like to do is use stress balls. These are foam balls that you squeeze to relieve stress. I have learned that squeezing the ball in a consistent rhythm helps to calm me down whenever I am stressed out.

I initially started using stress balls for a different purpose. My piano teacher made me use the balls to strengthen my hands so that they would not cramp while I was playing. I began to carry one around with me wherever I went to not only to make my hands stronger, but also because I liked the feeling when I used the balls. When I realized that the foam balls also kept me relaxed, I began using them as a stress reliever, too.

I definitely recommend getting stress balls, especially if you constantly need to be moving (like tapping a pen or stomping your foot). It’s a much better habit as well as it helps to calm your nerves.

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Staying busy makes you more productive

My biggest advice to students when dealing with time management is to STAY BUSY!

I’m not joking.In my opinion, staying busy is probably one of the best things you can do to maximize your time management skills. Now, I’m not saying to wear yourself out with things to do if you don’t have to. However, having things to do can actually help you get more stuff done.

There are a lot of people, including myself, who work better under pressure. I personally have a hard time getting started on a project a week or so in advance if I have a lot of leisure time. If I have a number of things going on, I will be more likely to use my free time in a more productive manner.

Another important thought is about how essential it is to learn to multitask in today’s world. There are so many more things to distract our society than at any other point in history. Cellphones, laptops and tablets are prevalent everywhere, and people are constantly checking status updates on social media and their emails. The new technological medium has made it possible for us to do more all at once. Communication is much faster now and allows people to plan more events, to hang out and socialize more and to do things faster, which allows for us to accomplish more. This faster-paced life style can be overwhelming if multitasking is not one of your strongest areas.

Remember, try not to let being busy stress you out, but rather let it remind you that you’re being productive. Being busy is the best way to practice how to manage your time well.

Stop procrastination habits now

In my opinion, the number one issue students deal with on a daily basis is procrastination. Procrastination is a result of poor time management and laziness, and it creeps up on everyone at some point or another. So, how do we deal with this?

This is typical view of my desktop on my computer. This was taken while I was studying for an exam earlier this week.

This is typical view of my desktop on my computer. This was taken while I was studying for an exam earlier this week.

According to Dealing With Procrastination, there are a number of things you can do to avoid procrastinating. Here are a few of the suggestions from the article:

1.) Set realistic goals. This is really important because I know I personally will try to do too many things at once, get burnt out and give up on doing everything altogether. Try to focus on one thing at a time rather than starting multiple things and not finish any of them.

2.) Don’t get stuck in one task for too long. Mix up what you’re doing! Study for two hours, take a break, study a different subject, take a break and so forth. This routine will help keep your mind awake and provide endurance to push through a tough day ahead.

3.) Schedule in your down time or relaxation time. Even if you can only fit in a 20-minute power nap, it is important to allow your body to rest. A lack of relaxation will only contribute to stress and grumpiness.

4.) Make a list of your priorities. I write down my school and work schedule first. Then, I look at the empty blocks of time to see when I can do homework or go to the gym. In this particular article, it suggests to rate your activities in numerical order, giving the most time to the number one and number two activities. The article also says to consider eliminating your last two activities from your schedule. This will not only allow you to allocate more time to your more important activities, but having less tasks on your schedule will lower your stress level.