End of the Semester Time Management

student_stressLet’s blame our professors for all our stress-related issues during these last two weeks of the semester! It’s all their fault students are rushing around, pulling out their hair and not getting adequate amounts of sleep! Well, OK, maybe they’re not to blame. They’re just testing our knowledge and preparing us for the real world; they’re doing their job.

We can only blame ourselves for the way we handle the pressure of the last minute cramming and the wrapping up of projects and papers. I would like to share with you one of the secrets to getting all your work done while being as stress-free as possible. This little secret is called time management.

The Mayo Clinic offers some great advice for handling stress and improving productivity through managing time efficiently. Here are a few tips that I would like to highlight, but I encourage you all to check out the full article as well.

  • Plan each day
    • Creating a detailed calendar that includes due dates of all assignments and times for exams will definitely help in making sure that you don’t forget something and remember when it’s too late. Make sure to include on your schedule everything you have to do, whether it’s course related or not. This includes making doctor appointments, going grocery shopping, hitting the gym and whatever else you may have to do. Put this calendar in a spot that will be visible to you constantly. This will allow you to see all your plans laid out together to help you manage your time better.

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  • Prioritize your tasks
    • Some tasks are more important than others, and some have different deadlines. Make sure to list the most important tasks at the top of your to-do list so that you spend the majority of your time and energy on those first. This doesn’t mean that the little tasks can be skipped. This is just a way of reminding yourself that some are of higher importance than others and should be handled first.
  • Limit distractions
    • Being distracted could very well be one of the biggest issues students have when it comes to not using all the time available to their advantage. If what you’re working on is important to you and needs to get done, then acknowledge that Facebook, texting, listening to music, etc. may only be hurting you rather than helping. Eliminate all distractions, even if this means putting the phone away, closing the door and working alone.

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It’s important to continue studying the next couple of weeks and finish out the semester on a good note, but make sure you are doing it as efficiently as possible. If you manage your time properly, you will be surprised at how much more you can actually get done and how less stressed you will be

The end is near!

Patty

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048

Summertime at the RAC

To all of those who will be staying in Statesboro over the summer, the RAC will be all yours! The Statesboro student population will decrease dramatically within a week after graduation, but that just means there will be more opportunities for the RAC patrons who are still in town. This means having your choice of any of the cardio and weight lifting equipment, plenty of space between people in the sauna and no more searching for the last open parking spot at 7 p.m. on a weeknight!

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It’s easy to convince yourself to skip the gym and hang out in the sun by the water, but you don’t need to choose between the two! There are numerous ways to stay active this summer while being outdoors. Sign up for a sea kayaking day trip with the Southern Adventures team! Never been kayaking before? No problem! The SA trip leaders will help you with anything you need and make sure you have a great time on this new adventure!

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SA also has various skills clinics that range from teaching you and giving you tips on how to maintain your bike to providing you with the exhilarating experience of zip lining through the beautiful Georgia Southern pine forest! SA offers several activities that will keep your summer in Statesboro exciting, so try something new and don’t miss out!

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Need an activity that will challenge you through the summer weeks to improve your physical fitness? Try out the Tri-Eagle Challenge and choose to complete it either during term A or term B. You will be challenged to cycle, walk/run and swim set distances during the term of your choice. Commit yourself and show off the results at the pool and beach!

For the sporty type, we are continuing Intramural Sports throughout the summer just for you! Register for summer basketball or softball in May and begin playing at the end of the month. You can also sign up for the sand volleyball tournament mid-June and play July 9 -11. If you’re not enrolled in more than four summer course hours, don’t worry! Just pay the RAC fees, and you will be eligible to participate in Intramural Sports!

Enjoy the RAC and all the benefits that come with staying in Statesboro for the summer!

Patty

Too Busy to Work Out? Think Again!

time-to-work-outWe are down to the final month of the spring semester, and a lot of us are feeling overwhelmed by how much schoolwork there is to do in the remainder of the semester. This seems to be a reason why so many people slack off on their fitness goals after spring break. We’re all just too busy to work out as much as before, right?

Wrong! If that’s your excuse, it’s not a good one! There are plenty of ways to stay on top of your to-do list, while also making time to get in some exercise! You don’t have to work out at a gym, although the RAC is always a great place that provides the equipment and classes for almost any work out you would want to do. You also don’t have to do it for a consecutive hour. Split up your exercises and create short bursts of physical activity to fit your workout into your busy day!0825-running-motivation_vg

Certified Personal Trainer and fitness instructor Jennipher Walters’ offers some tips on finding time to exercise. I would like to combine her advice with ways you can fit in your daily exercise while living a busy, university student lifestyle.

 

  1. Wake up earlier How many of you press snooze on your alarm 2 or 3 times every morning? Right there you’re losing 20-30 minutes, and does that extra little bit of time really make you more rested? Get up on the first alarm and wake up by doing some jumping jacks, push up and sit-ups. You’ll feel much more energized after that short burst of activity than lying in bed half asleep!
  2. Skip the busWalking across campus to your next class can be a great way to fit in some quick exercise. Set yourself at a speedy pace to get your heart rate up and see how fast you can walk to each of your classes. It won’t take any extra time out of your day, and it will probably get you to where you’re going quicker than waiting for one of the buses.
  3. Get your priorities straightSometimes we just put too much on our daily to-do list, and disappointment comes when we aren’t able to complete everything. Take another look at your priorities and figure out whether it will be more beneficial to you to go to that Spin 60 group fitness class at the RAC or watch a rerun of CSI.

So whether you’re crammed with schoolwork or just feel like an hour long workout is too much for you right now, you can get just as good of a workout in by splitting it up throughout the day! Just do at least 60 minutes worth of short bursts of physical activity daily to get your heart rate up. You’ll be surprised at the amount of exercising you can actually squeeze into any schedule you have and the energy you’ll gain by doing so!

Good luck!

Patty

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Source:

Walter, J. (n.d.) 10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise. Spark People. Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1675http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1675

What’s Your Impact?

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 3.43.36 PMCRI is proud to take part in          No Impact Week, April 14-20, for the third consecutive year and provide Georgia Southern students with the opportunity to get involved with this experiment and make a difference in not only themselves, but in the earth as well.

I took it upon myself to learn more about No Impact Week through the widely recognized website www.noimpactproject.org so that I could better prepare for this one-week carbon cleanse.

After going through the website and reading about the various changes we can make as individuals and as groups, I realized the importance of living a more sustainable life. It isn’t just about giving up everything we have and what provides us with more comfortable lives. It’s about finding out what conveniences we take advantage of and don’t necessarily need to have all the time. It’s about how we can enhance our quality of life. It’s about making a difference that affects something bigger than our own personal comfort – The earth and everyone else on it.

The entire experiment originated from a man named Colin Beavan, who through a blog, book and film told the world his story of how he and his family lived a year-long experiment of a zero-waste lifestyle in New York City.

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University Wellness Program Director Michele Martin says that GSU is one of the top green universities in the nation and it needs to continue to be a leader of sustainable practices.

A few activities I would like to highlight that promote GSU’s sustainability practices include:

  • Campus Farmer’s Market, Williams Center Plaza, Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Purchasing food that is grown locally not only reduces the carbon impact caused by transportation, but it also supports the local community.
  • Guest speaker Van Jones, PAC, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    • Speaks on Green Collar Economy
  • Dump the Pump, Russell Union Rotunda, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Georgia Southern students and faculty race by bike, skateboard, bus and car over to the RAC and back!

There are numerous fun and easy ways everyone can get involved in this project. Whether it’s turning your computer off during the night, purchasing locally grown food or trading in the car for a bike, you can make a difference in yourself and in the world.

“We do it to bring awareness to the many simple changes one can make that result in a huge impact on the environment,” said Martin.

Join CRI and the Georgia Southern community and participate in the week-long carbon cleanse. You can find all of the week’s events and activities on our Wellness webpage. Register now!

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Live healthier, happier and richer!

Patty

March Club Sport of the Month – Ultimate Frisbee

The CRI Club Sport of the month for March is Ultimate Frisbee! I interviewed the president, Blake Lance, about the sport. This is what he had to say about Ultimate Frisbee:

1. What is a tradition your team has?

Every March during the second weekend of Spring Break we host College Southerns, which is one of the largest and most recognized tournaments in the country. We pride ourselves on providing the best southern hospitality and amenities of any other tournament. Anyone new to the sport needs to make this their first experience because there is nothing else like it.

2. What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

The amazing facilities that we have at Georgia Southern along with the supportive club sports department make playing a club sport an enjoyable experience. Through club sports, I have made friendships that I will have for the rest of my life and have gained leadership experience that will help me as I begin looking for a career.

3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We practice every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Our practices usually consist of a half hour warm up that lead into running drills specific to the areas we need to improve upon. Then, we scrimmage for an hour or so to put the skills we worked on into game time speed.

4. How often to you have games/competitions?

During the spring season we will usually have a tournament every other weekend, which consists of 6-8 games per tournament.

102012_1795. What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

We have a lot of fun traveling to different campuses because each tournament offers something different from the others. The cool thing about Ultimate Frisbee is that we don’t have to spend a great deal of money on equipment, so we are able to spend a little bit more on travel. We have played teams from just about every state in the country and have been able to travel to places like New Orleans.

6. What is your best memory about Club Sports?

My freshman year we placed better than any other team in our program’s history and won Club Sport of the Year all in the same week. During that tournament we beat the defending national champions and put our team’s name on the map. That week was by far one of the most fun and exciting weeks in our program’s history.

7. When did you start participating in Ultimate Frisbee?

I started playing Ultimate Frisbee in high school, wearing no shirt and bare feet, but I did not begin playing competitive Ultimate until my freshman year in college. Coming to tryouts October of my freshman year is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made.

8. What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

They can check out our webpage at www.GSUltimate.com. On the website they can learn all about what the team has been up to, along with bios on all our players. During the fall we have open pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually from 6 – 8 p.m. to anyone interested in playing. Our tryouts are usually held the first week in October, but updates will be listed on the team’s website.

 9. When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

Our club was established in 1998 and has continued to grow every year since then.

10. Does your team have any achievements it is especially proud of?

In the last 2 seasons, our club has placed in the top 5 at our Regional tournament and narrowly missed out on going to Nationals, losing only to some of the best teams in the country.

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Thanks Blake!

Patty