Time stops for no one, and time management may ultimately decide the happiness of a person. This concept goes hand in hand relationships as well.
The college lifestyle is an interesting growth period in the span of a student’s developmental process. This time is also defined by the figuring of how to sustain and promote healthy relationships with a significant other. At the very core lies the mastery and efficiency of time management, as well as a built level of respect between two lovers.
Between juggling schoolwork, jobs and whatever else takes up precious seconds, it is important at the end of the day to calm stresses by a little one-on-one time.
Zoe Birt, junior exercise science major, touched upon the importance of keeping a schedule that allows for personal agendas to be accomplished as well as quality time with a lover.
“It’s not so much that we schedule time for each other, but when there is free time in both of our schedules, we take advantage of it and make sure we spend time together since the majority of the time we are occupied by other things related to work and school,” Birt said.
Time management is essentially a rigorous balancing act between the life one has as an individual and the life one has with those they love. When this is lacking, the negative ramifications can harm even the strongest of relationships. Birt spoke upon some of those negatives.
“When one of us was awake, the other was sleeping. For a few weeks, consequently, we didn’t make any time to be together. I felt really lonely. It took a toll on our relationship temporarily,” Birt said.
Her husband, junior electrical engineering major, Rick Anderson, touched on these negatives as well.
“I feel that when couples are not on the same page, and not scheduling together or understanding each other’s schedule, the time spent on activities become unmanaged and unbalanced,” Anderson said.
A maintained balance between the individual and the couple is set in positive motion by effective time management skills.
“You need to be an individual, but not at the cost of being one unit. There is a fine line, and it needs to be balanced. Every relationship is different, and different people have different expectations of their partner, but it has to be a mutual agreement,” Anderson said.