Time Is On Your Side... Time Management Tips

It’s that time of year again! Time for new professors, classes, and hopefully new friends. The first week was syllabus week, and hopefully your professors eased you into your workload for the semester. They started to get into the real assignments the second week. Now, as we get into the nitty gritty of the semester, you realize that this stuff is starting to pile up! How in the world will you get all your work done by the due dates? That’s where we come in! Whether you’re a freshman, getting used to the college lifestyle or a senior who knows everything to know about college, everyone could use some help dealing with their homework load.

1. Keep a Planner

This is the most important tip for managing your time because if you have a list of things and their due dates, you know all of your due dates way ahead of time! That way, you can plan ahead when you plan to work on each assignment. Whether it’s a homework app on you iPad, Google Calendar, or a good old fashioned datebook, a running list of everything you need to do is the best way to stay organized and stay on top of things. Planners can be really cute and come in all different colors and styles. Plus, you can also fill it with dates of meetings, events, and any other obligations, and everything will be in one place!


2. Stay Organized

This goes along with keeping a planner, but staying physically organized and keeping everything where you can find it is actually a great way to save time! You don’t want to be scrambling to find a textbook when you have a reading report due the next day. How can you study for your test if you can’t find your notes? A great way to keep everything where you can find it is with a binder. That way you can keep everything for one class in one place. I even color code my notebooks to match my binder for each class!



3. Plan Ahead

You may think you can write your 3 page essay in one night (it’s just 3 pages, no big deal, right?), but you never know what could come up the night before it’s due. Maybe your roommate decides to have some friends over, or maybe you get writers block. The best way to account for these possibilities is to plan ahead. Make sure you understand the assignment when it’s assigned so that you don’t end up trying to email your professor at midnight the night before it’s due. Start your assignments a few days early, so you can get a feel for them before they’re due. For essays, try to make an outline ahead of time. This way, when it comes time to buckle down and get it done, it’ll be a breeze!



4. Take Advantage of Free Time

Don’t know what to do during those awkward breaks between classes? Use them to advantage, and they can be your best friend. That time can be used to do some reading or look over your notes from a previous class. You could even get some extra studying in for whatever class you may have coming up next. This doesn’t mean you have to pack work into every second of every day, but on a particularly busy day it’ll help you get everything done!


5. Get Into a Routine

After you joined all those organizations at Bear Fair, you’re probably wondering when you’ll have time to do homework with all these meetings. Luckily, those organizations probably have regular weekly meeting times. Once you have your schedule figured out, you’ll know when you have time to work on homework, spend time with friends, or just relax. From there you can allot certain times to do each of those things. From there you just have to make sure you actually do what you assigned to each time!