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Home for the summer from my first year in college, my old friends wanted to know what college life was like. Many of the seniors at my old high school asked me, “What do I do, when I get to college and I have all that free time?” (What they meant was more unstructured time compared to high school.) Free time, are you kidding me?

I told them I learned that the most important thing for me was time management. I had to learn the hard way. I spent my "free" time watching TV shows online or movies with my friends. But as the semester progressed, I learned that I needed to get my priorities straight, or I wouldn’t succeed in college.

I made a schedule for myself. A schedule helped me see what was important, and what could wait. I could prioritize my many activities realizing that there were only so many hours in a day. I felt organized and happier.

Practical Ideas

Here are some practical ideas that have helped me manage my time better.

1. Create a list. At the beginning of the week, list all the things you have to get done before that week is over. It helps to see everything laid out in front of you and how it will fit into your week.

2. Use a calendar. I would create a list of all the homework and projects due for that week and then put them onto a calendar that I bought. That way, when I had time left over, I could double check my calendar and make sure I had checked off all the things I knew I had do or see if there were any items I had neglected. 

3. Ask for God's help. In managing my time, I had to remember the King of all time management. What a relief to know that when I asked God to help me manage the time He has given me, He did help. He has promised in Isaiah 32:8: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."

I may become frustrated, at the lack of time to get my work done each day. But God, in all His power, can make all things possible. He will help me manage what I cannot. Trusting Him to lead my life is the wisest decision I have ever made because He can see so much farther than I can.

With these simple steps you are sure to experience a less hectic, more fulfilled life.

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