Quiz! Time Management

By: Taylor Duffield

Finals are right around the corner, so the school load is starting to pile up. Take this quick quiz to evaluate your own time management and organizational skills:

1. Do you have a designated study environment to complete school tasks?

A. I have a specific place where I go to study and finish homework that I chose because it lacked distractions.

B. I study in a specific kind of environment that I know I am the most productive although it is not a specific location.

C. Where I choose to study is completely random and usually just where ever I happen to be at the time.

2. Do you record dates for quizzes, exams, and presentations?

A. My calendar lists dates for both short-term and long-term assignments.

B. I have noted key dates on my calendar for mid-term and final exams.

C. The course syllabus provided by the professor is the only way I keep track of upcoming obligations.

3. Do you create a weekly priority list of how you plan to utilize your time?

A. I have planned out how I will use the hours of each day of the week for studying, personal care, sleep, and recreation.

B. I know at the start of the week which days I must focus on school work and which days are my time.

C. I usually go with the flow and I accomplish my tasks as I find the time.

4. Do you often find that you have missed or forgotten about an important deadline?

A. I cannot remember the last time I have failed to submit an assignment on time.

B. Once or twice an assignment has slipped my mind and I was unable to complete what was expected of me.

C. Last semester I was unable to meet my deadlines on three or more occasions.

5. Do you use your spare time to study such as: waiting in line, walking to class, eating alone, or commuting to class?

A. I carry flash cards or pocket notes on me and use them to study when I find the extra time while I’m away from the books.

B. Occasionally when my mind is not occupied, I’ll do a quick mental review of the information I’ve been learning/studying.

C. I prefer to separate study time from other activities in order to prevent myself from mental exertion.

Mostly A(s): You have exceptional time management skills. You go above and beyond to secure your success in college. So long as you keep up your outstanding habits, there is no cause for alarm.

Mostly B(s): You could work harder to ensure you are succeeding in college. Although your time management and organization habits are getting you by now, it may catch up to you in the future. Be sure to continue to improve on your skills.

Mostly C(s): You desperately need to reevaluate your organization and time management skills or else risk your chance for success! It’s time to reassess your priorities and be sure that your education is at the top of that list.

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Stop stress before it eats you

 

By JULIE FULLAM

Staff Writer

 

Stress. It’s a part of everyday life. From when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed, it consumes a lot of our daily activities. School is stressful. Work is stressful. Family, friends, and neighbors are all stressful. There are negative consequences to dealing with stress both physically and mentally. Physical side effects include weight gain, joint pain, headaches, and a low immune system. Mental side effects such as depression and anxiety not only hurt you, but the others around you. 

Exercise is an important asset when it comes to stress because it helps relieve “negative energy” and helps you become more relaxed. Exercises such as yoga, cardio, weightlifting, and swimming are all good examples to relieve stress and to “keep it fun.” 

“Recognize the signs of stress and try to find a technique that works for you. Controlling stress is a skill you will use throughout your life. As you become better at controlling stress, you will live a happier, longer, and more fulfilling life,” said Shane Familie, the athletic trainer at Cumberland County College. 

“Not only do you need to exercise and control your stress, you need to eat healthier too, including foods that are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Try to avoid high caffeine drinks as they will heighten anxiety.” 

A lot of people deal with stress differently. Students are no exception. Students want to succeed  in  college, but unfortunately, sometimes the classes are too much to take all at once. Staying up late studying and procrastination will not get you that ‘A’ on your final. Some students drink Red Bull or Monster in order to stay up and finish their studying. One Red Bull drink has 27 grams of sugar,  which is almost equivalent to 2 tablespoons of sugar! It also induces that extreme “high” state from the caffeine, and results in a massive crash afterwards. 

April Walsh is a sophomore at Cumberland County who enjoys drinking Red Bull. “I love it. I can’t imagine my life without it. I love being able to finish things I am working on, such as going to the gym, and feeling like I can run a mile. Red Bull and other energy drinks are a part of my everyday life! I think they taste great!” Laura Rundell, a freshman at Cumberland County College said, “Energy Drinks? No, I stay away from them. They are not good for you! If you need an energy boost eat things that boost your metabolism. Go to the gym. Do jumping jacks. Something that doesn’t work by putting taurine into your body and making you crash in the end.” 

So with all the pressure and stress in life to deal with, how do we know how to catch stress before it affects us? 

1.) Get a good night’s sleep. The absence of a full 7-8 hours of sleep can leave you drained and could make you sick. 

2.) Eat healthier. Eating more foods enriched with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is a good way to relieve stress and make your body feel good. 

3.) Exercise. Exercise should be a part of everyday life. 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended in order to stay healthy.

4.) Don’t procrastinate. Waiting until the night before to do a paper will not help. Pace yourself a week or so before to spread out your paper. 

5.) Mediate or do yoga. 

There are many other ways to relieve stress as well. Kathleen Johansen, a sophomore, said, “I like to write to relieve my stress. I like to sit and relax, listen to soft music playing in the background, and just write how I feel. It’s always a relief to feel that inner peace.” 

Linda Lleres, the Spanish professor at Cumberland County, has another method, “I enjoy cooking to relieve my stress. It makes me feel happy to know that I get to cook all this food and someone will enjoy it! I always try to have a positive attitude and stay calm!” 

No matter how old or young you are stress can be a big problem in your life. Take the time to breathe, relax, and most importantly, have fun! Stress can be sneaky, but if you fight it off before it can get to you, your life will be happy, healthier and more fulfilling than ever before.