Learning how to budget your time is one of the most important life skills you’ll gain in college…well, hopefully gain. But, it’s not an easy skill to master, especially on top of all that other stuff you’re working on like classes and exams and moving out of the house and making new friends. But, once you figure out the best way to manage your time, the whole college transition thing will feel like a breeze! Here are our favorite tips to perfecting your time management:
Balance school work with social life.
An easy way to combat the ‘school work vs. social life’ battle is to work on homework with your friends. Make it a study party with snacks or set it as a weekly date to guarantee you’re getting your work done and spending precious time with your friends.
If you work better alone, make your way to the library for a quiet place to get your work done, leaving you with no temptation to skip out on studying. Once you’re finished, you can head back to your dorm and hang out with your friends guilt-free and work-free! Win win? We think so.
Write everything down.
Invest in a planner or an agenda and take it with you everywhere. Get into the habit early on of writing down assignments, due dates, plans with friends – even when you’ll go to the gym! This helps with time management on so many levels. Writing everything down physically helps you to remember and seeing it down on paper makes it easier to plan out your day ahead of time without having any last minute confusion.
Is it worth it?
Figuring out what activities are worth your time and which are not is one of the most important lessons learned in college…and life in general. It isn’t always easy to decide—especially during your first year at school when you’re still figuring out who you are and what is important to you. A word of advice? Try everything at least once (clubs, classes, etc.) and if you don’t like something, consider giving it a second try before you scratch it off the list and move on to bigger and better things! Your time in college is not meant to be wasted doing stuff you’re not so crazy about, so pick the good stuff or the events that are meaningful to you and fit those into your schedule.
Know what you can cut out.
Knowing where you can make sacrifices with your time will definitely come in handy throughout your college career. It may be a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, and a better idea of what you need to get your work done, you’ll be fully equipped to make the right choices regarding where you can be flexible with your schedule.
Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers U
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