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One thing I wish I knew as a freshman

When I was a Freshman, I wish I knew the power of calendar.

So you’re in college, free from the bounds of your old homestead, potentially living on your own for the first time. Not on a traditional school schedule for the first time. You realize, “Boy, so much time to do all the things!” That quickly turns to “To many things, so little time…” So how do you manage it all? I’ll tell you: The millenia-old invention of a timeless tool: The Calendar. The Mayans knew it, the Egyptians knew it, and the Greeks knew it. You should know the power of the calendar, too. Whether it’s for understanding the lunar cycles and their connections to yielding a decent harvest, or figuring out how to make space for that house party and your mid-term–the power of using a calendar is REAL. I wish I knew it when I was a freshman.

It may seem odd, but it takes a little know-how and practice to do this right. But if you can schedule your whole day, you’ll find yourself stressing less, sleeping more, and producing better grades.

Try this: Schedule out your entire day. Yep…everything.

8:00 – wake up, do nothing 

9:00 – get a breakfast burrito with Megan, at that one spot

10:30 – Get my ass to the library and study, hard (like, put my phone away, open Numerade and STUDY)

12:00 – apply for that one internship I saw posted

12:45 – grab a quick lunch

1:00 – Work at the bookstore

4:00 – Get ready for the game

5:00 – Go Trojans!

8:00 – Party after our big win to UCLA (sorry Bruins)

If you can master this simple skill, it will pay its dividends for you in your future job, with your family, and for your own personal well-being.

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