5 Ways to Manage Time in College

Adjusting to college life is challenging— you are literally beginning a new life. Sometimes the transition can be rough, and it’s easy to fall behind in your work. This is normal, but there are a few tips and tricks you can do in order to troubleshoot your way out of this.

  1. 1. Keep a planner

    Keeping a planner is the best way to stay organized with your classes and extracurricular commitments. When you are stressed, you are bound to forget things. If you keep a planner, the chances of forgetting an assignment, quiz, or test are low. It will also help keep you organized and ensure you don’t double book things.

  2. 2. Create a daily schedule

    As college students, we have so many things to do. Coming home every day, you might be feeling stressed about the workload you have. Breaking it  down and assigning time slots to each of your tasks helps you see the workload. This might help you feel a little more relaxed. Remember, it probably seems a lot worse in your head, so writing it all out will help.

  3. 3. Get your work done before going out

    Have you ever gone out with your friends and spent the entire time stressing about an assignment you have due soon? Next time, try to finish your work before you go— you will feel a lot less stressed out. Also, you won’t have to worry about coming home early to finish your work or trying to plan other times to do it.

  4. 4. Work at certain times each day

    Block out certain times each day to do work only. During these times, you must be completely focused. As soon as the timer ends, the time is yours. This will also allow your body to be on a schedule and concentrate better.

  5. 5. Get on a sleep schedule

    Even if you don’t follow any of the other tips in this article, please follow this one. Sleep is one of the most important things to a human. This is the time you get to reset and re-energize for the next day. This will help you manage stress and allow you to look forward to the upcoming days, even if you know you have a lot to do.

Time management can seem daunting. Stick with it and try these tips. You got this. Remember, practice makes perfect!