Time management is an issue for many college students. Whether you are going to Ohio University or Wesleyan, it never seems like you have time for anything – a job, social life or even school. So, the question becomes: how can I balance my life so that I can fit in all the things I need to do in a single day and still have time to enjoy my life? Indeed, your schedule will be quite busy during your college years, but it will be well worth it. In the meantime, though, there are a number of ways that you can help manage your time, so that it doesn’t become an issue in the first place. Here are five tips for overcoming time management issues in college.
- Make a list of your priorities. At the top of your priority list should be school, which includes classes, homework, papers and studying. After school, you should make eating healthily, exercise and sleep your second priority – but really it should tie with school as your number one priority. After that, you want to think about your social life. Arranging your priorities accordingly will allow you to manage your life and your time a lot better.
- Get more organized. On top of arranging your priorities, you also want to organize your life. From your actual desktop to the desktop on your computer, you want to make sure that nothing is out of place. Disorganization can lead to stress, which can lead to taking longer for things to get done. So, make sure that you organize, clean and make sure that you aren’t stressing out about where things are when you need them.
- Make lists. Lists can be incredibly helpful for the time starved student. On top of a busy school, social and possibly work schedule, you will want to carry your list everywhere you go. For instance, you want to write down your primary to-do list and then try to see if you can fit in things that don’t really need to get done right away, but should get done. However, it is important to first knock out the things you are required to get done. Falling behind will undoubtedly lead to bad time management.
- Create boundaries and time limits. For instance, if you are spending too much time on the social side of things, you may want to start developing a curfew, so that you know when you have to be home. If you stay out too long, you may not finish some important work you needed to finish or you may not get a good night of sleep. Both can really get in the way of your academic career.
- Do work when you can – where you can. If you are somewhere killing time, you should be spending that time completing work. There is no such thing as killing time in college. Even when you aren’t doing something, you should be doing something, because that can create a much better balance between your precious time and your ability to live your life. Wouldn’t you like to create the time you need to relax and live your life?