Monday, September 14, 2015

Time-Management in College

The thing that's been hardest to get used to in college so far is time-management. In high school, I was always on top of everything. My planner was orderly, my calendars were synced; I thought I had it all in order and that college scheduling wouldn't be any different. Boy was I wrong.

The thing about college is that you're entirely dependent on yourself - you make your own schedule, classes aren't from 8am to 3pm anymore, you choose when you eat, you join whichever clubs you want, you go to any functions you want. It's all about you. It's the largest curse disguised by a blessing in the entire world. 

The problem with creating your own schedule and living by your rules is that things can get out of hand, and fast. I've quickly learned that simply jotting things down in a planner won't work anymore. 



After about a month of being here, I've put together a few things that have worked for me:

1//Chunk It
This is by far the most important thing I've learned to do. Nothing seems easy when you look at all you have to do at one time. I prefer to break things down and focus on one task at a time instead of worrying about the big picture. Otherwise, I'll feel overwhelmed.

2//Only Do What You Want To
This is the beauty of college - no one is telling you what to do except yourself. It's too easy to feel like you have to sign up for everything and take on much more than you want to. The reality is that it'll be a lot easier and rewarding if you focus your efforts on one or two activities, clubs, or organizations that are truly important to you.

3//Make Study Schedules
This kind of goes with the idea of chunking things. It's much easier to tackle a large paper or huge test if you write down what you'll do every day to work towards the goal of finishing. I recently had a huge test for my advertising course, so a week and a half before the test, I wrote down what I would specifically do every day to prepare for it. The test ended up going fine, and I never stressed too much about it!

4//Stay On Top Of Your Calendar
This one seems a little obvious, but it's so, so important. So many dates get thrown at you constantly in college, that it's really hard to keep track of them all. I've stopped using a physical planner and converted to digital - whenever I hear a date, I put it into my phone calendar right away, which syncs with Google calendars. It really helps you see what your days and weeks will look like so you can plan ahead.

What are your time-management tips?

xx
Caitlin


5 comments:

  1. These are pretty good! My time management wasn't totally terrible in my undergrad, but as a postgrad student it's just gone through the shredder. If you think an ordinary undergrad degree is hard, wait until you're doing your Masters. *shakes head*

    I think these are my top tips:

    1) If you can, make a friend. I hardly made any in my undergrad, but I've made several in my postgrad and they've been the biggest help. From working out what to do on assignments, to crying on the phone with each other because of how impossible everything feels, it's great to not go it alone.

    2) If your student cohort for a subject get along really well and seem open to it, create a Facebook group! There's less chance of being in the dark with uni/assignments because everyone is able to discuss and share their findings.

    Hope your academic year goes well!

    Shae xo
    Diary of a Beauty Padawan

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  2. These are great tips (& coming from a college senior-I've got a little experience ;) Chunking it is SO important. Last night I found myself getting stressed out about a lot of upcoming stuff, but when I broke it down into weekly to-do's instead of the entire month at once, I felt much better!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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