3 Time Management Strategies For College Students

3 Time Management Strategies For College Students
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    As a college student, you are probably very busy between going to classes and studying.

    You likely also have other responsibilities such as a part-time job and taking care of your home.

    If you have a family to take care of too then you definitely have a lot on your plate.

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Because of your busy lifestyle, you are probably looking for the best solutions possible to manage your time effectively. You want to make sure that you are able to get all of your schoolwork done and take care of your other responsibilities as well.

The following are some time management strategies that may be helpful for you.

1. Be Proactive About Other Responsibilities

One of the fortunate things about college is that there are usually breaks between semesters. Even if you take summer courses or follow a non-traditional schedule, you probably have a few weeks throughout the year as breaks.

Before you begin your next busy semester, you can be proactive and take care of some chores and tasks that could derail you when you are studying for a midterm. This includes general responsibilities that you need to do just twice a year or every few months, like going to the dentist or getting a haircut.

Scheduling these for the weeks that you are off from school allows you to focus more on school when you do have classes going on.

Other tasks that you should consider doing before semesters begin are checking to make sure your home is prepared for any potentially difficult situations, like inclement weather.

If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, or hurricanes, or blizzards or other potentially dangerous weather, you can make sure you have all the equipment you need at home and that everything is working properly. This may include a disconnect switch which may be on a generator, or a snowblower.

2. Make a Schedule

It can be difficult to manage your time effectively when you do not have a schedule and have a hard time keeping track of what is going on in your life. Making a schedule that considers daily, weekly, monthly and semester-long events can help you make time for studying and completing other schoolwork

Different people have different ways they like to make schedules, but you can use a calendar on your phone or a planner where you write everything down. It is best to pick something that you know is easily accessible for you.

You can schedule a specific time for doing homework each day or week, which can be beneficial when you are trying to decide if you can pick up an extra shift at work or if you can hang out with some of your friends.

If you have it written down that you are going to spend three hours on Wednesday evening doing work, you know that you should not try to do something that night, or else you might not be able to complete your assignment on time.

Looking at semester-long schedules can be helpful too. For example, you probably do not want to go out of town the weekend before you have finals.

3. Manage Your Distractions

People have been procrastinating for centuries, but it is even easier to do so in this current climate where technology is at our fingertips and highly distractible.

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Some people might get very distracted from playing games on their phones, whereas others might get distracted from scrolling on social media. Figure out whatever is most troublesome for you and then think of ways to prevent this procrastination.

This may mean deleting distracting apps off of your phone or putting distracting things out of reach from you. You may also go to the library or a coffee shop in town so that you cannot procrastinate at home.

If you suddenly have the need to clean your whole home and do all the laundry when you have studying to do, doing your work outside the home can help you study more efficiently, and therefore manage your time more effectively.

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