Time Management Myths vs. Reality

Myths:

  • Time management is something that adults do. They need it for their jobs.
  • High school students have their parents handling their schedules, appointments, and transportation.
  • Teachers always remind us over and over about tests and deadlines.

Reality:

  • Your parents will not be going to college with you. You will be taking over all their responsibilities.
  • When you miss a quiz in college, you rarely get a chance to make it up.
  • When you miss too many classes, you fail the class.
  • When you do show up for your club meetings; they may ask you to quit.
  • If you forget to study, you can’t call in sick in college without serious issues.
  • Waiting till you get to college to learn time management puts you behind the very best students.
  • Learning time management before you go to college puts you ahead of your competition and makes the transition easier and more fun.

What are you used to as Time Management in High School?

  • I keep all my appointments, due dates, and meetings in my head or in my notebook somewhere.
  • Other people always remind me of my appointments, tests, or meetings (parents, teachers, club presidents, coaches, friends)
  • I don’t use an alarm clock. My family wakes me up when it’s time to get up. They also make breakfast for me.
  • My family posts everything on the refrigerator.

Some Reasons These Time Management Skills Fail in College

  • Family and friends no longer remind you of things you need to do.
  • Your teachers may or may not remind you about due dates; they are not required to do so.
  • Your calendar doesn’t have everything on it that you need to remember.
  • You still try to remember everything which in college is everything you used to remember and everything your family and friends remembered for you.
  • No regular study time.
  • It’s difficult concentrating on your studies for more than 20-30 minutes.
  • You are easily distracted by friends, TV, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • You’re sure you do your best work when you’re under pressure.