Time management for college students

Students are some of the busiest. You need to complete assignments, prepare for exams, attend lectures, socialize, pursue hobbies and have fun all at the same time. We believe effective time management can help make the most out of these years.

In this post we will try to lay out a few tips and tricks to help you and other college folks get their life back in control.

Learn to say ‘No’

Your friends ask you to go to the movies, but the due date for an important term paper is tomorrow?

You know you won’t be able to write anything if you go out, since you’ll go to have few drinks after the movie and your professor won’t extend the deadline for the term paper . In such situations, you’ll need to say no. Politely refuse to accept additional tasks if you think that you’re already overloaded with work.

 

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Remember you can not do everything in the world at the same time.

Embrace apps

At some point, you can’t keep everything in your head. Moreover in today’s world of mobile phones and tablets this becomes highly helpful and simple. Helping you sharpen your sense of priority, Weekplan helps you highlight which tasks are important and which ones can be be taken care of later.

Letting go of the less important stuff will also relieve you from some of the stress that comes with the sheer amount of pending work.

Create a dedicated study time

Begin by analyzing what time of the day are you the most productive and alert. Then devote that time only for studying or completing homework. Focus and block out all your distractions at this time. Shut off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished. Don’t check email or surf the Web (except when you need to for the work you’re doing) during this time either. We suggest to check emails and social media stuff at set times everyday, for example 11am and 4pm.

 

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Time block your week

The same way you already have your classes already blocked out for you by your college schedule, we recommend you schedule your study and rest time in your weeks (as recurring events).

(WeekPlan allows you to set recurring tasks.)

What’s your tip?

What is the one thing that helps you manage your schedule?

 

Comments
  • Danielle says:

    I’m not the greatest at managing my schedule, especially when it comes to school. I have tried blocking increments of 1 hour and 45 minutes, twice a day, for each course I was taking, and the 15-minute block, to complete the 2 hours, was for my break. I noticed I wasn’t able to follow the schedule because when I finally get focused enough to get started on an assignment, I wouldn’t want to change courses, starting something else. I decided to work on one course for an entire day, but sometimes I wouldn’t want to take the 15-minute break or my family would need me to do something that cut into my school time.
    Do you have any suggestions, other than sheer willpower, to help me start and stop tasks when it’s time?

  • Get a physical kitchen timer. The fact that it is physically visible, and makes a ticking sound, will help give it credibility in your mind, but also in your family’s mind. “Kitchen timer is ticking, I am not going to disturb Mum”

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