Good old time management. This is one of most college students’ biggest struggles and a great enemy of mine. It’s difficult to manage time efficiently in college, there are always so many things going on and it can get tough to stay on top of everything on a day-to-day basis.
I personally have a time management problem. There are some days when I am crazy productive and almost do too much annnnnnd then there are some days when I am crazy productive and almost do too little.
It’s like an endless cycle of sucky time management for me; I can never get it together. I decided I wanted to conquer this struggle of mine and did some research on Pinterest (duh). I found out that conquering time management issues are in fact, possible! Yes you heard me; there are real ways to fix your time management struggles. Here’s how:
Plan..Plan..Plan, I feel like that is all I ever do and all I am EVER talking about on this blog. I have said it a million times, and I’ll say it again: my planner is my lifesaver. I write literally everything and anything in my planner and it is sosoososo helpful. I currently do not create “hour by hour to-do lists”- apparently these are a thing?!- But I have heard that these are the most beneficial when it comes to time management, and actually getting things done. If you want to plan your day using an hour by hour to do list, there is a ton of blank ones on Google as well as Pinterest. Utilizing this style to do list will enable you to set hourly goals and keep you on track throughout the day. I have yet to try this style of to do list out yet but I’m sure by the time finals to roll around, I will be all about them!
Something essential to getting things done on to do lists is to take breaks. It is scientifically proven that your mind looses focus after twenty-three minutes. Thus, if you are trying to cross off everything on your to-do list in a timely fashion, be sure to take a break after every 20-25 minute increment. I usually do this when I study, and spend a couple of minutes checking emails, texting, or scrolling through Insta on my “breaks”.
Keep Yourself Motivated
No one can make you do anything more than yourself. It is up to YOU to get the things you want to accomplish, accomplished. It is up to YOU to stay on task and get what you need to get done in an timely manner. Whenever I am feeling low or feel I need a lil’ inspiration I always look up quotes on, you guessed it, Pinterest.
I usually always set my desktop background and phone background to an inspiring and motivating quote. It is easy to get off track and lose sight of what you are actually doing, but being able to motivate yourself and get yourself back on track is a strong trait to have. Think about this: you’re freakin’ awesome, you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. If you want to get a certain amount of things done in a certain amount of time you sure as heck can! It’s up to you to push yourself and get it done.
Utilize The Hours You Normally Wouldn’t
You know that awkward hour and fifteen-minute gap you have between classes every day?! Use these awkward breaks to get things done! I actually have an hour and a half break every Tuesday-Thursday and have strictly made myself utilize this time for blogging. Using these minimal breaks for work, and productive tasks are way better than using them to take a nap or something (I’ll admit I was guilty of this last semester). These awkward gaps in between classes are the best times to get work done. You can get your work done before you go home, which is awesome. This means more time at home to watch Netflix and eat cookies people, very important! Even if you only utilize this time to check emails, and go over notes, at least you’re doing something! Bang off some of the small items on your to-do list during these hours, and you will see how beneficial it will be in the long run!
I won’t lie, I am guilty of this BUT try and finish assignments and study for exams the second you find out their due dates. If you continue to push assignments off and delay the things that you need to get done you will loose motivation and forget about them all together. Completing a task the second you hear about it makes things a lot less stressful in the long run and allows you to cross one more thing off your never ending to do list!
Be Willing To Sacrifice
I get it; it totally sucks to have to give up things that make you happy to get work done. BUT it will help you in the long run. There are days when I have to skip out on a blog post because I’m too busy completing assignments and writing papers, but think about this…what will matter more down the road? Skipping out on something that makes you happy for just one day or not completing a major assignment that is due for a class? Being able to prioritize things is something that is very important when it comes to time management. You need to be able to know what has to get done, and make that your first priority.
Each and every day we have to decide what we want to dedicate our time to. I hope this post helped at least someone else who has time management issues like I do! What do you do to cope with time management struggles? Have you ever tried anything on this list? Let me know in the comments below!