Time, it’s not really on my side..

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With spring break approaching and in the midst of midterms, we can all agree that we are all experiencing some stress. I know that personally, I am a planner and a list-maker, so one can only imagine what my daily planner looks like and how many different sticky notes are in there with various to-do lists.

With so much going on, time is an important element of our day. Without managing it well, we are not able to do as much as we can and some of our day ends up being wasted by doing nothing or something that isn’t of high priority. This is why time management is key during stressful, busy times like now.

Here are a few tips for time management:

  1. Know your priorities: When you know what’s most important to you, you’ll become more deliberate about how you spend your time.
  2. Write out your to-dos, appointments and etc. : Keeping to-dos and appointments in your head only adds to your stress. And it makes it much harder to prioritize your activities. Use a calendar, to-do list, planner, smart phone or tablet to track these obligations, and then, use your brain power for getting them done.
  3. Choose what you say “yes” to and know how to say “no”: When you say “yes” to one activity or task, you’re ultimately saying “no” to something else. Use your priorities as a filter to decide which tasks and activities to say yes to and which ones to say no to.

It’s the little things in life..

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Today has been one of those days where I realized that it truly is the little things of life that matter the most. I have been running on about three hours of sleep and a large cup of coffee and I have been a bit, possibly more, crankier and feistier than usual. However, my frown was turned upside down when I went by the mailboxes today to find a sweet card and surprise from DSD, our university’s president.

This pleasant and unexpected surprise was able to instantly brighten my day! It’s amazing how a sweet note or card has the power to make someone’s day. Often times, we are all so busy and wrapped up with our to-do lists to realize how impactful it can be on one’s day.