College Time Management Tips
It's 10:00 p.m.-- Do You Know Where Your Homework Is?
Does it seem like there's never enough time in the day to get everything done? Feel like you're always running late? Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing your life.
- Make a "to do" list every day Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it's easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don't forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments.
- Use spare minutes wisely If you can get some reading done on the bus ride home from school, for example, you'll kill two birds with one stone.
- Know that it's okay to say "no" If your boss asks you to work on a Friday night, and you're taking the SAT® on Saturday morning, realize that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.
- Get more bang for your buck You'll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don't wait to do it until late at night.
- Review your notes after each class You'll reinforce what you've learned, so you need less time to study or cram. You'll also be ready the next day if your teacher calls on you or gives a pop quiz.
- Get a good night's sleep Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.
- Communicate your schedule to others Let's say that phone calls are proving to be a distraction. Tell your friends that you take social calls from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It may sound silly, but it helps.
- Become a taskmaster Figure out how much time you have each week to do certain things, such as watch TV. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities (or favorite shows) accordingly.
- Don't waste time agonizing Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you're supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it.
- Keep things in perspective Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it's good to set high goals for yourself to achieve, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult yet reachable.
Consider these tips, but personalize your habits so that they suit you. If you set priorities that fit your lifestyle, you'll go to bed a happier person.
Reprinted with the permission of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
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