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Healthy College Living Tips: Time Management

This last year I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Public Health, and a few months ago I passed the CHES exam and became a Certified Health Education Specialist. It wasn’t easy, but as I reflect back on the previous semesters, I am grateful I used certain strategies and materials to help me stay focused and on top of my assignments, classes, and work.

Here are some of the things that helped me organize my time and stay ahead with my assignments.

Sticky Notes. This is one way I like to break down and organize the assignments I need to do throughout the week. I also have joy destroying the little sticky notes after I complete the assignment. 😉



Planner
: There are multiple means you can use to organize your time. The two I have found most successful for me have been Google Calendar and a Paper Planner.

Google Calendar:

Schedule from Google Calendar

Paper version: The favorite ones I have used so far are the Day Designers for Blue Sky. I have used both the 5″ by 8″ and the 8.5″ by 11″, and I like them both.

Daily Planner

Whiteboard and colored markers: I have found that I am a visual learner, so if I can draw things out, I make better connections with the material I am studying. If you learn that way as well, you can try drawing out what you need to get done, even try drawing out how you feel.

Pens (different colors): I like to associate certain colors with certain tasks or subjects. For each of my classes, I have a specific color, so I know that when I see that color on my board, I need to work on that subject.

Page hole puncher: I like to print out and write on materials provided online. When I annotate what I am studying, it increases my application and understanding.

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What helps you stay organized? 

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