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CoWorking: with Morgan Grigsby

5 Tips for Mastering Time Management

Who hasn’t said “if I only had more hours in the day” at least once? Especially in student housing where the demand and work load shifts day to day, it is important to have strong time management tools to help you be as efficient as possible along the way. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the time management guru herself, Morgan Grigsby, Senior Director of Training and Operations here at Student Quarters. In our interview, Morgan shared her top-notch insights on conquering the time crunch and staying on top of your game. So, grab your favorite brew and settle in for a virtual coffee chat – we’ve got some serious time-saving tips to share.

1. Prioritize and Set Clear Goals

Morgan’s first piece of golden advice? Start your day by gearing up with a clear roadmap. Before you dive headfirst into your tasks, take a moment to identify your most crucial to-dos. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to divy up your tasks into four categories – urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither-urgent-nor-important. Feeling a tad unsure about where to steer your ship? It’s okay to seek guidance from someone else! Your supervisor might just hold the compass to lead you to smooth sailing.

2. Time Blocking

Morgan suggests using time blocking to divide everything up into dedicated chunks. Pro tip: During these time blocks, eliminate distractions and fully concentrate on the task at hand. (That means no more mid-task scroll sessions!) Whether you’re tackling reports or virtual meetings, this technique will have you flexing those productivity muscles in no time.

3. The Two-Minute Rule

Ever felt like those tiny tasks are gnawing away at your sanity? Morgan’s got your back. If a task comes up and can be wrapped up within two minutes, knock it out then and there. Small tasks that accumulate over time can clog your to-do list and create mental clutter. 

4. Take Breaks to Reset

Rumor has it, there’s more to life than burning the midnight oil. Morgan champions the notion that taking regular breaks isn’t slacking off – it’s working smarter. By taking breaks you can prevent burnout and stay refreshed throughout the day. Step away from the screen, stretch those legs, and let your mind recharge. Your productivity will thank you later.

5. Learn to Say No and Delegate

Saying “no” or delegating sometimes can feel like defeat when you aren’t used to it but carrying too much on your plate can lead to actual failure. Morgan’s advice? Recognize your limits and don’t overcommit yourself. Saying no to non-essential tasks or projects allows you to protect your time for more critical responsibilities. Additionally, learn to delegate tasks that others can handle, freeing up your time to focus on higher-value activities that align with your skillset and responsibilities.


Before we wrap up these time-management tips, remember – time management isn’t a one-size-fits-all game. What fuels Morgan’s time management might not be your rocket fuel. The journey to mastering your minutes is all about trial and error. So, tinker, tweak, and fine-tune your approach until you find the rhythm that keeps your clock ticking in perfect sync. As you start your time management journey or begin perfecting it, embrace patience – Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Here’s to a more organized, efficient, and refreshingly productive you, courtesy of Morgan Grigsby’s advice. Stay tuned for more insights from the frontlines of the student housing industry, right here at Student Quarters!