By: Juliyana Straley
I often tell myself I don’t have enough time or there aren’t enough hours in the day to get work done. How am I supposed to maintain a solid GPA with 18 credit hours, extracurriculars and a social life? What about time to relax? Is there some way we can gain more time?
Get off your phone.
According to a Baylor University study, women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cell phones while men average at about eight hours. This includes texting, talking, social media and other apps.
Imagine the amount of “extra” time you could have if you limited time on social media: two or three hours? That’s enough time to finish your paper or study for an exam, which also means that you can get more sleep.
I know it’s hard to not scroll through Twitter when lecture becomes boring or homework becomes difficult. However, two minutes on Twitter turns into 10 on Facebook, 15 on Instagram and so on. Once your phone is out, the game is over and technology has won. When you are in class or doing homework, simply put your phone away. Yes, you may go through withdrawals and have to take it out once or twice, but once you learn to stay focused, you will finish tasks faster and easier.
Cell phones and social media are incredible tools to stay connected with others, but there comes a point where it can become an addiction. Scrolling through feeds is mindless and easy; why listen to a corporate finance lecture when you can see if Khloe Kardashian had her baby yet? But it won’t just be Khloe, you will go through post after post until, before you know it, class is done and you have an entire lecture to catch up on!
Save your time and troubles and just put the cell phone away; unless you like staying up until two in the morning.