Plan Your Day
I’m so stressed........
Maddie: Mom, I'm really having a hard time. I know I often complain, but this is different. I don't know how I'm going to get all my papers done. And study for my finals. And not lose my friends...because I don't have time to hang out with them.
Mom: Maddie, sweetie....take a deep breath. I can tell you're feeling stressed. Remember, you always manage to get everything done and this time will be no different.
Maddie: But mom, I don't know where to start.
Mom: You know you tend to catastrophize situations---so take time to map out what you need to do. I'm sure you can create a plan that will help you get it all done in time.
Maddie: I don't know mom, it seems impossible to me. I think I spent too much time this semester looking for summer internships and running my sorority. I didn't realize how far behind I've gotten.
Mom: Ok, Maddie, I understand. Maybe this semester is a little worse than others, but I know you can figure out how to finish everything on time. You need to believe in yourself too. And, the best way to make sure you use your remaining time wisely, is to write out a schedule. Plan how you will get everything done. Right?
Maddie: But mom, what about my friends?
Mom: I know I've said this before....but, REAL friends will understand and be supportive. Anyone who decides not to be your friend was never your real friend to begin with. So don't give that another thought.
Maddie: Mom, you're the best. I don't know what I'd do without you.
Mom: Maddie, I'm always here if you need me. Love you.
College students need to plan their time very carefully. The time they spend in class is generally small, so there's a lot of "free time" that needs to be used well. That means students must take planning seriously to succeed in their courses, and have an enjoyable overall experience.
If your children are having trouble using their time well, they are not alone. Time management and using a planner are not generally taught in college. Even if students in high school use a planner, they are guided by teachers and their school day is very structured for them. College is the opposite situation. Each student has their own personal schedule of classes, extra curriculars and involvement in social relationships.
When college students lack the ability to use their time productively and plan their schedules well, their whole college experience can suffer. My program, Crush College Stress, includes a session on time management and using a planner as a tool. To learn more about my program, schedule a free Stress-Less Strategy Call at: