Throughout my four years here at East Stroudsburg University, I noticed that my daily routine from freshman year is way different than how I do things now. As I got older, I have a lot more on my plate than just going to classes. Perhaps some of you can relate, and some might have done things differently. Without time management skills, I don’t know how I would be able to get everything done.
Here are my top 5 tips on time management for college students.
1. Wake Up and Plan
Ok… maybe not everyone has the ability to do this every single morning, but for me it’s extremely helpful to list my tasks for the day over a cup of coffee. It puts my mind at ease and helps keep my schedule more organized. Whether it be an actual list or an agenda book, writing down tasks for the day will guarantee them crossed off by the end of the day!
Believe it or not, keeping things organized, will help keep your mind organized. To start off, make your bed in the morning! Did you know that if you make your bed every morning, it leads to better productivity? Yeah it’s a small accomplishment, but it gives you a sense of charge. Everything from keeping your room to your work organized will help you get things done.
3. Prioritize Wisely
When you make your to-do list, be sure to put the most important things first. For instance, an assignment with a closer deadline is probably more crucial than shopping for a weekend outfit. Imagine how good it will feel to get the work you dreaded for so long out of the way!
4. Work Hard, Play Hard
Certainly you should make some time for family and friends, but make sure to get the work done first so you don’t have to keep it in the back of your mind. For me, the weekends are my time to relax and have time for some fun. In my opinion, it’s healthy to have a break every once in awhile to recharge your battery.
5. Do Not Stress
Last but not least, don’t stress. If your list doesn’t get done in a day, it’s fine. Just be happy you put in the effort! The more stress, the less likely you are able to do well on your tasks. Be sure to have a clear mind so you can put your best effort into each assignment.
What are your tasks for the day?