College is a crazy time. You’re away from home for the first time, and there’s so much to do and see and experience. How do you manage your time so you can fit in the classwork, extracurriculars, fun stuff…and still get some sleep?
Here are some time management tips for college students.
The most important thing to do first of all is to decide what your priorities are going to be. Is it getting top grades so you can apply for a good graduate school? Is it getting internship or other professional experience in your chosen field? Is it making lasting friendships and relationships that you’ll be able to carry on after college?
Think about what your priorities are, and that will help you decide how to best manage your time. The fact is, there isn’t time to do everything, and you’ll be overwhelmed if you try to do everything there is to do in college. So, be picky. Choose what you’re really interested in accomplishing and make sure you make time for that.
Having a calendar is a great help in managing your time. Without one, it’s very easy to forget about an assignment that’s due, a job fair, or any of the dozens of other events that are important for a college student. By getting in the habit of putting things down in a calendar, you can make sure you don’t overbook yourself and at the same time ensure you’ll get all the important things done.
Another tip is not to try to multitask too much. It sounds counterintuitive, but multitasking can actually make you less efficient if you don’t do it right. If you work on too many things at the same time, you might not get any of them done.
So, when you have something that needs to get done, concentrate on it until it’s finished, cross it off your to-do list, then move on. You’ll surprise yourself with how efficient you can be when you concentrate on the task before you, and you’ll find that you’re a better time manager, too.
Finally, remember to leave some time for having fun … and for sleep. A busy college schedule can get overwhelming, so make sure you leave some time there just to relax and enjoy the ride. Remember, you only go to college once, so make sure it’s a memorable time.
With these tips, you can manage your time better in college without getting too stressed.