4 Simple, Super Time-savers for College Students

4 Simple, Super Time-savers for College Students
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    Some people may believe college students have all the time in the world, enjoying four years or more of leisurely bliss before entering the work world.

    There are also people who know the real story, former students and those who are currently enrolled in college.


By Lior Levin

Regardless of what some people may believe, plenty of students want to make the most of their time, something they can do by incorporating four simple, super time-savers:

1. Stay organized while online — One of the biggest time wasters is being disorganized. When utilizing your computer as your file cabinet it is imperative that you keep it organized. More time can be wasted looking for a missing English assignment than spending on those 200 other files on your hard drive.

First, separate your documents into two groups. One set is for school documents and the other set will be for your personal stuff, just as you would have if you were maintaining two separate file drawers. Second, organize those documents into files. For each subject you need to create and maintain a separate file.

Within each file, take additional steps for improved organization. For example, you could create separate files for assignments, completed homework, tests and so forth.  If you have a lot of files within your categories, prepare an index outlining what you keep in each of your files. Once you have everything in its place, you’ll notice the stress melting away.

2. Keep hard copies organized — Computers have cut down the mountains of paperwork and stacks of textbooks, but there is still some accumulation of hard data. Create a file index or cabinet system, similar to what you did with your computer. Just as you did online, when the time comes to searching for reference material, tax documents or your completed and graded assignments, you won’t find yourself looking for them frantically at the last moment.

3. Establish a personal schedule — If you make it a habit to prepare a personal school schedule at the beginning of each week, you can start your school week focused. Moreover, the chances you will overextend yourself will be reduced as well. By planning your week out, you find that you have more free time available. You can use a simple tool, such as google calendar, for that purpose.

4. Plan out your clothing schedule — Set aside a half hour on Sunday to plan your clothing attire for the week, an excellent way to save time. Avoid Monday morning panic sessions as you rifle through your closet looking for something clean to wear. Put dirty clothes in the hamper and your clean, ready to wear clothes on hangars or folded away in drawers. Take your dirty clothes to the laundry at a set time each week with plans to complete the cleaning, drying and the putting away process on the same day.

These tips are just a few simple, but effective ways college students can save much needed time, by staying organized. Yes, skipping some of those parties can help too, especially if partying keeps you from getting organized.

Author Information

Lior Levin is an online consultant for Tel Aviv University’s Leon Recanati Business School, Israel’s MBA abroad school offering 10 programs of study including MBA, doctoral and executive MBAs.


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