Planning and prioritizing — Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

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We are into the last days of the semester and the week before final exams. Whether you are a freshman who is facing this for the first time or a senior who has done this several times before, managing you time, reducing your stress and prioritizing activities are critical.

Make a list of everything you have to do. Take a close look at the list and see what you can cross off and postpone until exams are over. Look at the calendar and determine how much time you actually have and how to divide it. Count and schedule the hours. Remember to include the amount of sleep time you need to remain efficient. Make a realistic estimate of how much time you have to allow for each item on your list. For all of your assignments and studying, consider the time and place that works best. Determine which you have to do alone and when study groups would be better.

As important as your GPA is, your health and well-being are even more valuable. Remember to include time for meals and time to just step away.

I invite Fulton Schools engineers and technologists to share their “best practices” with fellow students. What discoveries have you made that work well for you? Share your ideas and experiences. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


Joyce Donahue is a career counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a national certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.