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A common stereotype about college students is that they are always short on money. While this may be true, and by “may” we mean we’re 99.9% sure this is true for the majority of students. But many college students are also always running short on something else….time.
With so much going on at a college campus, it's not surprising students can feel overcommitted when it comes to classes, work, partying and other extra curricular activities. How can you balance your time when there never seems to be never enough of it?
Lucky for you, that’s where we come in! Here’s some helpful tips to help college students successfully manage their time.
Be a Resilient Warrior
Resilience is at the core of your time management super powers. Resiliency goes beyond being smart or motivated to succeed. It means being strong enough to withstand difficult times while deciding to persevere while holding onto your optimism about solving any given challenge, obstacle or problem.
Resilient people don’t quit! They just figure out a way to get over the hump and solve the problem.
Be a Routine Champion
In college there is no mom or dad monitoring where you are and what you’re doing. Keeping to a regular routine is critical in helping you avoid the pitfalls of procrastination.
Scheduling is your best friend, schedule things such as blocking off time in between classes for specific activities, reading, studying, running errands, and other important college-life activities. The more consistent you make your days, the more productive you’ll feel.
Be an Attendance Master
Going to every class is one of the most time-efficient things you can do! When you miss class, it takes much more time to learn the material you missed than it would have taken if you went to class in the first place.
Plus you’re paying for it! Literally. At the beginning of each term do the math and figure out how much each class costs after tuition fees and then divide that by how many times a term you have that class. Boom, that is your per-class cost! The number is pretty scary.
Be a Focus Ninja
You're used to getting your content into captions or with lots of video to go with it. But college is not Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook. In college, the reading, or the problem sets, continuous attention is needed. Learn to focus without breaks and without technology stimulation for 15- to 20-minute spans.
Be an Organizational Expert
Keeping your school work organized can be a huge factor in saving you some time throughout the week, especially if you’re taking more than one class at a time. If you have separate binders, notebooks and folders for each class, you’ll quickly be able to find that sheet of notes you’ll need for next week’s test or the printed article you planned to reference for your big research paper.
Be a Checklist Bestie
Checklists should be your new best friend! Every college student has about a million different tasks each week between school and extra curricular activities. Any student who says they have it all in their head will be the first person to miss a study session or not show up to your intramural game.
Studies have proven that writing tasks down in a planner highly increase the likelihood of completion. Plus there are so many cool planners to choose from!
Be a Human Being
Don’t forget with everything going on that at the end of the day you’re still a human being. Working non-stop is unadvisable. Your body will eventually breakdown. Reward yourself with a night or two by hanging out with your favorite people,