Starting college is tough, especially since you now have to plan your time and cope with much more things than you did before. Without well-developed time management skills, you are very likely to sink under all the papers, tests and exams. Is it possible to get time-savvy from the very beginning? Well, there is no harm in trying, especially if you know the most effective time-management tips. We’ve described a few of them here.
- List all the things you have to do and prioritize them according to their importance. If you are working part time, list all your shifts, add writing assignments and exam preparations, placing them in the order of importance. You will appreciate the clarity once there are so many things to do that you can’t have them all in your head.
- Identify your most productive periods. Most people tend to be more productive in the morning, but if you are more of a night creature, do not hesitate to use it to your benefit. Of course, you should make sure that you will get enough sleep squeezed into your night schedule.
- Allocate 8-10 hours a day on learning. You won’t be able to do more – at least most people aren’t. That’s why postponing the work and planning to finish it all in a couple of days before the deadline will most likely lead you to physical exhaustion and academic failure. Leverage your tutor-led and self-studying to get at least 35 hours of learning a week.
- Allocate time for planning and thinking. You can’t just sit down and write a paper off the top of your head. Any assignment needs preparation before you can get going.
- Find a place to be productive – that is, think of all the places you’ve studied at and choose the one that stimulated you the best. Most people are not original in this respect and choose the library. You, however, can go wherever you feel will be of the most use for you academic progress. And yes, this is a time-management skill, since it allows you to avoid procrastination.
- Mix intellectual efforts with physical exercise. The latter can help your concentration, especially if done at the right time. There is no need to aim for Olympic records – just a few minute run will be enough to get your brains back together.
- Use the time you spend on going somewhere, riding a bus or waiting in lines for revisions and other learning that does not require you being at your desk.
The key to proper time management in college is understanding that you need to manage your time. You can’t continue as you did before, and the sooner you realize it, the better.