Trying to juggle classes, a job, extracurricular activities, and a social life during college can be quite difficult. If you want to succeed in college, then you need to learn some time management skills or you will be overwhelmed. Learning to manage time during college will help you when you enter the professional world. Trust me, no one wants to hire someone who can’t manage their time. So start now.
Here is how I manage my time in college!
Make a schedule
I always have a schedule written down on a piece of paper in a notebook or planner. This way I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing every hour of every day. I want to use my time wisely so I schedule my workouts, studying times, relaxing times, and basically everything. Creating and sticking to a schedule keeps me from rushing around at 9 pm trying to get everything done. Here is a mock version of my schedule for this semester.
Utilize your breaks between classes
I see no point in leaving campus during my breaks between classes. The 1 hour to 3 hour break between classes is the perfect time to squeeze in some studying, catching up on homework, or getting ahead on homework. By utilizing this break, I can usually go home at the end of the day and relax because I’ve already finished my assignments.
Keep a planner and check it regularly
I write down everything that is to be turned in. If it’s not due for 2 weeks, then I’ll still write it down every time I have class so that I won’t overlook it. As soon as I finish an assignment I will mark it out so that I can see my progress and see what is left to be done. I’ve rarely missed an assignment since keeping a planner.
NOTE: I don’t recommend a planner on your phone, laptop, or tablet. It’s easy to accidentally delete an assignment without knowing.
Make to do lists for the day
I always have a stash of post-it notes or index cards in my bag to make little to do lists. There have been many occasions where I have been sitting in class and I remember a few things that need to be done that day or the next day. By keeping little note cards and post-its in my bag, I can easily pull them out and jot the list down. Then, I’ll pull out my planner and see when the best time is to complete these tasks. It’s also helpful to make these a day in advance if you have a busy day ahead so that you can pull out the list and accomplish a task or two when you have some random free time. It saves me time in the evenings so that I have more time to relax.
What do you do to manage your time? I’m always looking for more ways and ways to improve!
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