College Time Management Tips
Updated: Jan 10, 2022
How to enjoy the perks of college but also be prepared for class.
Balancing a healthy work, school, and social life is challenging because of all the college demands from you. You might be asked to do a million different things, and in the end, we only have 24 hours in the day; we might wish for more time, but unfortunately, we cannot. So, we need to create time management skills to prepare ourselves better and have a more balanced lifestyle.
By following these four-time management tips, you will be able to meet your deadlines, be prepared for your exams, and have time you to have fun with your friends.
1. Know Your Time Wasters
As humans, we get distracted by almost anything, and while this is normal, you need to break away from this habit and focus on what you need to be focusing on.
To do this, you will need to identify your time waster. This is when you should be doing something, but you’re distracted or putting it off.
This includes spending a lot of time on social media, texting, phone calls, looking on the internet, watching movies. While these are great, try finishing your work first then you can begin these tasks.
2. Create a To-Do List
Identify what you need to do for the day and prioritize it based on the task, assignment due date, how much time it will take to complete. The more organized you are, the easier time you will do what you want later.
A to-do list will give you a good layout for the day, and it will help more if you write it down somewhere you can look at constantly.
3. Start on The Small Task
A large project can be a drag in college, especially when you have multiple and even smaller tasks. However, it’s best to start with the smaller task because they will take less time to complete.
Once you complete these smaller tasks, start moving on with larger projects. This is where your to-do list will come in handy by letting you know what assignments need to be completed and how long you think they will be done.
4. Focus on One Thing At A Time
As mentioned, college is an easy place to feel overwhelmed and spiral out of control. A study conducted by the University of London found that people that focus on multiple things at once will become less productive.
While it may seem counterintuitive because you’re doing all your projects at once, this will cause more harm than good and might lead to burnout.
So, don’t focus on everything. Start small and focus on one thing at a time.