Time Management

A major cause of stress among college students is the apparent lack of time — time to get schoolwork done, time to have fun, time to meet obligations, even time to do basic chores like laundry and paying bills. It is necessary to decide one's priorities at the beginning. Time management means setting goals and organizing one's life to meet those goals and still feel at ease and relaxed.

Time for Work

Keep a calendar or daily planner to schedule events such as exams and papers.
Have a daily plan – and stick to it. Respond to obstacles with problem-solving.
Prioritize your work – if it is low priority, do it later.
Don't put unreasonable or unattainable items on a "to do" list.
Break up tasks and set time limits.
Learn to say NO.

Time for Play

Set your priorities – what is important to you?
Choose your activities to reflect what you really want to do.
Don't be afraid to meet new people or try a new activity (the VU campus offers many opportunities).
Just "hang" for at least 30 minutes each day.
Eat well. Good nutrition helps those brain cells stay alert.
Learn to say NO.

Procrastination & Motivation

Do some small part of a large task (write down ideas for a paper).
Make yourself work for a small chunk of time (20 or 30 minutes).
Identify your escapes – talking to friends, watching TV, cleaning your room – use them as rewards instead.
Relate your work to a long-term goal. How will this paper help you in law? In accounting? In psychology?
Recognize that you chose this school and this course.


Spend time daydreaming.
Go for a leisurely walk.
Learn a new skill – photography, sailing, yoga.
Watch a funny movie.
Go out for a good dinner.
Call your parents.
Visit with your friends.
Volunteer on campus or in the Nashville community.