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Your whole life you have been used to being told what to do and when to do it. There have been timetables for everything, especially for those who have been in boarding schools. You finally get to college, and you get your time to yourself. You are independent and can plan for how your day should be. Some college students usually get over excited because of this much freedom and they may end up misusing their time, and ignoring the most important reason why they are in school. Discussed here are some useful tips on how to manage your time well in college.
- Make a plan
The number one tip which is very important in every activity you do is planning. Doing this will save you a lot of time, you will give priority to the things that matter most and at the same time have some time to yourself. There are two types of plans: the master plan which is simply the overall plan, and the daily plan. The former can be for a whole week, month or even semester. It is important that you give priority to significant tasks like reading and going to classes. The latter entails the tasks that you plan on doing during the day. Both of which are essential in time management.
- Like what you do
Before you start anything, even planning, it is essential that you like what you do, in this case, your area of study. It does not matter if you are extremely good at it; if you don’t have the interest, then you won’t do well at it, and you will spend so much time complaining and doing retakes. In as much as in the beginning you might not like the course you are taking, if you decide to go on with it, then you will need to develop the interest.
- Have resilience
This is a significant time management factor. Resilience requires that you have the strength not to give up when it gets tough. Lack of this will have you drop important tasks, then later realize that there is no choice besides doing them then you will have to start over again, having lost all that time in between.
- Keep a journal
Keeping a journal will help you determine what you did during the day or the week, how successful you were at it, how much time you took and if there is a better way to manage your time next time. This will save you from repeating the same mistake over and over again.
- Avoid procrastination
The adage that “there is no better time than now” or “tomorrow never comes” should be your guide whenever you feel like postponing a task you can do at the moment. It is even more regretful when you spend the whole day sleeping and doing less important things, as you plan on getting serious the next day, then when that time comes you get other more important tasks.