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How to Successfully Manage Your Time as a Busy College Student 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Delhi North East chapter.

College is a time of great learning, growth, and discovery. However, it can also be a very busy and stressful time for many students, particularly when it comes to managing their time. With so many classes, assignments, extracurricular activities, and social events to balance, it can be challenging to stay on top of everything. However, with the right strategies and tools, it is possible to successfully manage your time as a busy college student and achieve your goals.

Set Priorities: The first step in managing your time effectively is to determine your priorities. This involves identifying your most important goals, such as achieving good grades, participating in extracurricular activities, or maintaining a social life, and then prioritizing your time accordingly. By focusing on your top priorities and eliminating non-essential activities, you can better allocate your time and energy.

Create a Schedule: Once you have identified your priorities, it’s time to create a schedule. This can be done using a planner or digital calendar. Make sure to block out time for your classes, studying, assignments, and other important activities. You should also schedule in time for breaks and relaxation, as these are important for maintaining your mental and physical health.

Be Realistic: When creating your schedule, it’s important to be realistic about the time required for each activity. Don’t try to cram too much into one day or week. Instead, break tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks and allow yourself enough time to complete them. Remember, it’s better to be realistic and take longer than expected than to overestimate your abilities and fall behind.

Avoid Procrastination: Procrastination is the enemy of time management. It’s important to avoid putting off tasks until the last minute, as this can lead to stress and poor performance. Instead, try to tackle tasks as soon as they arise, and break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. This will help you stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Use Technology: Technology can be a powerful tool for managing your time. There are many apps and tools available that can help you stay organized, such as digital calendars, task managers, and study aids. These can be especially helpful if you struggle with organization or have trouble remembering important deadlines.

Practice Self-Care: Finally, it’s important to prioritize self-care when managing your time. This means taking breaks when you need them, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet. These habits can help you stay focused and energized, which in turn can improve your productivity and help you achieve your goals.

In conclusion, managing your time as a busy college student can be challenging, but with the right strategies and tools, it’s definitely achievable. By setting priorities, creating a schedule, being realistic, avoiding procrastination, using technology, and practicing self-care, you can take control of your time and achieve your goals.

Leena Joshi

Delhi North East '24

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 60+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for various organizations. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena's work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Climate Change, United Nations Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Feminist and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organizations including World Bank Group, Greenpeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including 'The Climate Awakening' and 'Ethereal' and writes poetry about social impact.