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3 ways to build better time management skills in college

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Texas chapter.

Whew…ok. We’re finally in the home stretch. For most of us, Midterm season has luckily stopped or will come to a close soon. Now what? I hate to break it to you but classes will pick up again and finals will come faster than you think. So if you’re wanting to fix your time management skills before those big tests and projects come up, I got you, girl!

Plan it Out

College comes with a lot of events. Between clubs, classes, and jobs it can be difficult to keep track of everything you need to do. I’ve found that keeping a planner can help you be more organized and let you see everything that you have going on during the week. You can list deadlines and important test dates for class but also list fun events like concerts or vacations. Doing this helps you know what days you need to study and what days you have more downtime to catch up on that Netflix show.

Don’t be Afraid to Say No

I’m sure most of us have been put in the awkward position where we’re invited to go do something fun but we shouldn’t because we have a ton of work to do. It can be so hard to decline the offer but at the end of the day, taking time to finish your assignments benefits you in the long run. Plus your friends will still be there and you can always make plans with them in the future when you’re not busy.

Stop procrastinating

Seriously stop doing it. I know you would rather blow off studying for that exam and go watch that movie with your roommate because you can “study later”.The truth is you probably won’t do it later and if you do you’ll likely have a harder time completing your work because you’re crunched for time. Whenever you’re feeling the urge to procrastinate, remember that if you don’t want to do that work now, you’ll definitely not want to do it later.

Life is all about balance. School is definitely the priority but make sure to have some designated time for yourself to do the things that make you feel good. You got this!

Sarah is a second-year journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Texas. She loves fashion, beauty, and music and enjoys sharing these interests in her writing.