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How to Better Manage Your Time As a Student

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As a student, you have to juggle through many things such as attending classes, preparing for testing, completing assignments, part-time jobs, and also a little bit of fun to keep you going. With only 24 hours in a day, you'll have to do all these things and, at the same time, take care of your health as well, and this includes eating nutritious meals and getting a night of decent sleep.

Sounds like a lot on your plate? Well, everything can be managed well with just a bit of planning and good time-management strategies.

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In this article, we're going to be talking about a few effective time management skills and strategies that will help you do all this and more, so you not only prepare for professional life after college but also have fun and make wonderful memories and friends while in college.

Create a Schedule

You can't manage or handle anything without a master calendar or schedule, as this will make you feel less overwhelmed. A good schedule will divide all your tasks into small chunks and will spread it over a few days/weeks, so doing a little bit each day will help you achieve your target.

Depending on your workload and your preference, you can do a daily or a weekly schedule, but the key is to ensure that you stick to it, no matter what.

Reduce Distractions

Distractions are around us all the time, and it is in your hands to focus on the task on hand. For example, if you've scheduled studying time for an hour, make sure your phone stays away from you during this time. No checking text messages, social media, browsing, or anything else. You can always get to all that after your time ends. This way, you will better focus on what needs to be done that, in turn, will translate to better work and higher overall productivity.

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In fact, consider having an hour each day for social media messages or for talking to your friends, and the rest of the time, your phone should be away. Such a rigorous schedule will bring you closer to your goals and, above everything, will teach you the all-important self-control.

Outsource

If you look at the corporate world, you'll realize that outsourcing is the norm. But the key is to decide what you outsource and to whom. To give you an example, make a list of your tasks for the week. Run through it to see what you can outsource or take help. Obviously, if you're packed for the week, you can dump the idea of cooking and grab something from the local driveway temporarily.

Another area that you can outsource is your assignment. There are many reliable companies that hire the best and experienced writers to write your university assignments. These companies write original content, especially for you, and their high standard ensures there is no plagiarism at all. In other words, these assignments are sure to get you good marks without anyone, even knowing about the author.

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Such services and ideas can ease your workload a bit, so you can get some breathing space to handle the more important tasks that only you can do, such as preparing for your exams and taking that much-needed nap.

Start early

One of the best strategies for time management is to start your day early. When you get up early in the mornings, you feel fresh, and your productivity tends to be high as well. More importantly, you'll work when others are sleeping, so there's little noise or distraction.

This is precisely why most successful people are early risers as it clears their minds and gives them a new perspective on existing problems.

Most students, though, fail to see these advantages and instead sleep late at night and wake up late, making them feel groggy and unproductive the whole day. But, one aspect should keep in mind. Plan to get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep each night for good physical and mental health.

Never lose sight of your goals

While you're working your way through piles of college work and personal chores, never lose sight of your larger goals and use it for motivation. Remember, you want to graduate from your college with top honors and learn all that is necessary to give you a firm footing in the career you have chosen. Do whatever it takes to get there because when you look back at the path you have traveled, your achievements will seem even bigger and sweeter.

To conclude, time management is an important lesson that every student learns through college because there is always more work than time, and prioritizing, juggling, and outsourcing are some of the important learnings that can help you well into adulthood.

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About the author: Scarlett Hobler is an expert in education and an avid blogger. With a ton of publications in initial journals, she gives students hands-on tips, besides explaining the current state of education, and the way forward. She also writes actively at PapersOwl to support thousands of students around the world, so they can find a good balance between work and fun and, through her work, strives to make a difference in the life of every student.

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Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.