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Multitasking: Are You One of the 2%?

Categories: College Life

As efficient as we think we are with the ability to check our emails on our smartphones, while highlighting the important information in biology textbook, while listening to a football game on TV, a recent infographic, The Perils of Multitasking, provided by onlinecollege.org indicates that very few people truly benefit from this type of work. It’s true: the skill our grade school teachers had tried to instill in us, actually has the potential to lower IQ scores by 10 points!

According to the infographic, multitasking allows for individuals to feel as if they are accomplishing a lot all at once, when in reality, they are only being distracted and delayed from completing any number of tasks in the high quality and time frame it would take to focus on one.

Multitasking as a Student

Students who try to do multiple things at once will find their overall understanding of material and quality of work to diminish, both in class and while studying. Out of all the students who bring their laptops to a lecture, 62% of the web sites they visit will be completely unrelated to class. It is estimated that on average, students will generate 65 different screen windows per lecture! Those who send texts and messages while doing homework are more likely to identify themselves as academically impaired.

Why This Matters: When students are unable to focus on one activity at a time, their production goes down as much as 40%. Instead of saving time, time is being wasted.

Multitasking as an Employee

Students aren’t the only ones trying to get ahead by doing multiple things at once! According to the infographic, those who use a computer at work will be distracted every 10.5 minutes! Of all employees who have a smartphone, 89% of them admit to having used them at work, even though nearly half of all employees believe they have too many things they are trying to do at once as it is!

Why This Matters: It is estimated that with all of the distractions and interruptions that happen over a given workday, employers are losing over two hours from their employees everyday! That adds up to over 546 hours, or 68 days over the course of one year!

Multitasking in Your Personal Life

Would you believe that 67% of those who own a smartphone will admit to checking their texts and emails or surfing the web while they are on a date? Nearly half of all smartphone owners would check their phones at the movies, and while watching TV at home.

Why This Matters: You may be thinking, why does it matter if I multitask at home when it’s my own time that I don’t have to be held accountable for? Take a date for instance. How well are you really listening, or getting to know a person when you’re on your phone? How well are you really relaxing and enjoying a movie if you’re taking the time to email someone?

 

The Perils of Multitasking

Source: OnlineCollege.org via Mashable.com

The Perils of Multitasking

7 Ways You Can Give Your Schedule a Makeover This Semester

Categories: College Life

Managing your time as a college student isn’t easy! Besides going to class, there’s little else you have to do at a precise time. It’s up to you where you squeeze in meals, sleep, studying, partying, exercise, club activities, and trips home. Fitting everything in perfectly is like working on a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle, but it can be done. Check out these seven tips that can help you turn your crazy schedule into something you can control.

Prioritize

This will be the most important thing you learn when it comes to your schedule as a college student. You will find yourself constantly asking, which of these activities is more important? Which of these papers should I start today? How should I spend my evening? If you can learn to accurately evaluate your needs, you will have overcome the greatest challenge of managing your schedule!

Get Down to Business

One of the best things you can do for your time management is to jump right into whatever it is you planned to do. If homework time is after your last class, get right on it. If you like to eat at 6 p.m., don’t spend that hour deciding what it is you want. If you can eliminate wasted time, it will surprise you how much time you actually have!

Eliminate Your Distractions

While it’s probably more enjoyable to text your friends and to watch TV while you work on reading a chapter in sociology, it’s going to take up far more time than it should. You’ll find that when you focus only on your work, you’ll finish faster, understand more, and you’ll have more time and focus to dedicate to fun!

Eliminate What Bores You

If you find yourself in your second year of college going to club meetings for a group your heart is no longer in, do your schedule a favor by letting it go. Your time is too valuable to waste it on things you’re not into anymore.

Organize

While organizing your notes, your room, and your car will take a lot of effort at first, the return is a real time savor!  This will help you to keep your time “looking for stuff” to a minimum!

Assign Time for Fun

It’s important to do well in school, but it’s also important that you have enough time with your friends. You need a personal life outside of academia! Designate a specific time each week to do something great! “Bad Movie Mondays” or “Pancake Sunday” will give you something to look forward to all of the time!

Assign Time for Sleep

Your sleep is important. Too little of it has its effects, from putting you in a sour mood, to allowing you to make careless mistakes on assignments that could potentially harm your grades. This semester, help your schedule by recognizing your bedtime. When you’re feeling your best, you’ll have more power to get stuff done!

3 Tips on Adjusting to a College Student’s Schedule

Categories: College Life

As a new college student, you are likely just getting to know what it’s like to have classes that don’t begin until ten in the morning, or a class that doesn’t begin until seven at night, or a weekday where you have no classes at all! Coming from a rigid and consistent high school schedule, living the life of a college student can seem a little overwhelming. Except for your sporadically-placed classes, your time is very much your own. It’s your job to fit in homework, studying, club meetings, group meetings, meals, friends, showers, and sleep. In addition, you have to work much of that daunting schedule out with a roommate juggling responsibilities of his/her own.

Check out these tips on how you can bounce from high school academia to a successful college student.

Detail a Consistent Schedule

Your schedule is going to change every semester for the next four years. You might go from having no classes on Fridays, to most of your classes on Fridays, or from three hours between classes to having barely enough time to squeeze in lunch. The quickest way for you to adjust to your changing schedule will be to seek out consistency. Once your classes have been registered, look at the time you have left. Pick a time to do homework everyday. What time will you get your meals? What time will you wake up and go to bed? When will you go to the gym or hang out with your friends? If you designate what your time is meant for, and you stick to that schedule, you will adjust in no time!

Set Daily Goals

As much of your time is yours to do as you please, it will be very easy to choose not to do your homework during your morning homework time slot with the intention to do it “later.” It will be tempting to hang out with your friends on a night you had originally planned to write a paper. While this flexibility is nice in many situations, you don’t want to make a habit out of it. Make to-do lists on particularly busy mornings to organize what you plan to get done during what times, and more than likely, you will find yourself staying ahead of the game.

Manage Your Time

If you have a detailed schedule and goals set for yourself everyday, you will still need effective time management in order to cross things off the list! Start major papers and projects well in advance so you don’t find the time you spend working on them leaking into other areas of your schedule. Prevent distractions from social media sites and your smart phone by allowing yourself to only check for updates and messages after you have reached certain points in your project. Leave the TV off while you work. Scheduling breaks during long blocks of studying or paper-writing is a good thing, but set a timer so you don’t Facebook your night away. These will all help you remain focused so you can accomplish what you have set out to do.