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A Useful Time Management Tip for College Students

Marissa Nash
Marissa Nash

August 18, 2018

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Choosing to pursue your college degree is no small feat. I like to think of this type of long-term goal as a marathon goal. It requires diligence, sacrifice, and courage. Sometimes it might feel like you’ll never get there, but then one day you cross the finish line, looking back wide-eyed with amazement at what you’ve just accomplished.

In the marathon goals of life, we need to balance and prioritize our time, energy, and resources so we can sustain the course ahead.

As a student, you might be juggling many priorities as you work towards your goal of finishing your degree. Studying, caring for your family, working, volunteering, making time for friendships, and everyday life compete for top priority. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, meaning it’s not about how much time you have, but how well you can manage that time.

“There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing,” says Life Coach Brian Tracy. Identifying the most important tasks of the day, month, or year can profoundly impact how effectively you reach your goals. Learning to say “yes” to the right things and “no” to the wrong things is key. This is why I love the “Start, Stop, Pause” method!

“Start, Stop, Pause” is a time management technique that will help you prioritize your responsibilities.

Want to try it out? Grab a notebook and pen and follow the 3 steps below.


What 1 thing can you start doing today?

Example: I will start going to bed by 10:00pm.


What 1 thing are you committed to stopping altogether?

Example: I will stop scrolling on Facebook after 9:00pm.


What 1 thing can you put on pause or wait on today?

Example: I will wait on going to coffee with my friend until I finish Module #3.

After you’ve identified one thing in each category, put it into practice. The choices you make today can directly influence your future. Being diligent and intentional in the small things will show you how you’ll handle the big things.

A note from the editor: Marissa Nash is one of our fabulous coaches here at Unbound, and this post was actually an email she wrote to help her students. When I happened across this email, I quickly reached out to Marissa, asking if we could publish it on our blog.

Every day, I’m amazed at the above-and-beyond attitudes of our coaches, and how far they go to help their students truly reach success in college.

If you enjoyed reading Marissa’s advice, why not “meet” her in person? Click here to check out our Meet the Team video and learn how the Unbound team (including our amazing coaches) can help you do college a better way.

Marissa Nash
Marissa Nash

Marissa is a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Success Coach here at Unbound. Every day, she helps both clients and students make positive changes in their lives which ultimately lead to greater joy, happiness, and success. You can learn more about Marissa and her vision at her website, The Vine Women.

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