Survive college by using time management
In the past it used to be that time management became an issue only as you got older. If you’re in high school the entire day is mapped out for you by others. When you get to college things start to change – everyday is different, your schedule is different and you get to choose what classes you want to take.
College is a period in your life when you need to balance education with fun “time wasters”. Nowadays, even as a student you need to start managing time if you want to be successful.
Why do you need time management?
Your schedule gets more crowded, you want to enjoy college life, go to classes, study and maybe even get a job, having a grip on your time is crucial. You have a limited number of hours to accomplish everything you have to do. Here’s some advice we’ve gathered from Paymo users who used the app during their collage years to stay on top of things:
- prioritize: some classes are more important than others, choose the ones you want to attend wisely and don’t bite more than you can chew
- always have a plan: map out what you need to get done, create a list of tasks that you have to do and be realistic – Rome wasn’t built in a day
- keep track of how you’re spending time: there’s no shame in using a timer to see how long lunch or other routine activities take
- set up milestones: you need something you can report to, so you won’t have any surprises down the way. That means have expectations, before the semester starts decide on the lowest point average you’re willing to have and even improve it along the way
- persistence is the key: these things take time and practice, if you set your mind to it, you will get better and better, your life will seem less crowded and your grades won’t suffer
- eliminate time wasters: you might have unproductive habits that just waste your time and make you fall behind schedule. Sure, there might be all kind of parties going on all the time but don’t lose track of your goals.
- relax and enjoy your free time: there are times when it’s just better to take a breather, relax & clear your mind.
Other tips and tricks
- You might study more efficiently at 2 a.m. than you do all day. Find out when you’re most efficient and use that time to your advantage.
- Optimize your time. If you’re doing long commutes, use that time to read.
- Prepare ahead of time. if your exam or paper is due in 2 weeks, don’t start working on it a day before the deadline, you can do a little each day and the stress levels won’t be that high.
- Do homework and projects with friends. The social factor will help you maintain relationships alive and although it might take longer, it will make work more fun.
- You need to exercise. Going to the gym or playing sports will relax your mind and keep your body fit.
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