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Strategies of College Success: Time Management

By Lori Huertas

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When I was pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was working and attending the university full-time. In addition, I was volunteering in the community in various leadership roles. It became quite clear to me the importance of another strategy of college success, that of time management. One of my professors recommended that I read a helpful book by Stephen Covey that I was able to check out for free at the school library.

In Stephen R. Covey's book,  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it emphasizes timeless values of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity (these are all part of Barry University’s mission). After reading this book, I felt  empowered. The book highlights 7 behaviors that effective people incorporate daily :

1. Be Proactive

Effective people accomplish extraordinary results through resourcefulness by being proactive.

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2. Keep the End in Mind

Effective people use an outcome-oriented mindset in every activity they engage in. This can include school assignments or work meetings.

3. 1st things 1st

Effective people avoid energy and time-wasting inclinations by concentrating and accomplishing important goals with a weekly planning rhythm.

4. Think Win Win

Effective people are driven to achieve great results through a shared expectation and accountability process. 

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5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Effective people take the time to fully understand matters and provide honest feedback. 

6. Synergize

Effective people use ground-breaking problem-solving skills by looking for improved possibilities.

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7. Sharpen the Saw

Effective people appreciate the contribution of everyone by revealing the overall assets, passion, skills, and essence of each unique person.  In carefully looking at each behavior, students can can increase their likelihood of success in college. Barry University students, both traditional (those that just graduated from high school) and non-traditional (Extended Learning Adult Learners), can benefit from learning about how improving their time management skills can impact them as they pursue their degree.

Incorporating the above strategies throughout your academic career at Barry University can allow you to leave a legacy through positive impact. Sharing these strategies with others is a way to put Barry University’s mission statement into action. Through a transformative university experience characterized by Learn, Reflect, and Serve, the Division of Mission and Student Engagement develops and implements programs and services that cultivate the characteristics of a Barry University graduate.”

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