If I had to pick my ultimate weakness, it definitely would be my poor time management skills. I have always been known to leave assignments or projects until the last minute (visualize me surrounded by stacks of paper and chocolate, sobbing silently to myself). Those have not been my finest moments in history. So, I decided to attend a workshop being held at my school this past Monday that was all about managing your time wisely. A LOT of the information given was new to me, and because of this, I decided to make a blog post solely dedicated to gaining time management skills. These tips will help to make this semester of college your most successful!
The Best Time Management Skills to Utilize in College!
Making a Weekly Schedule
Sometimes I find myself a visual person, especially when it comes to figuring out a daily schedule to find out the free time I have to work on assignments during a school day. On two different occasions, I have been given the best advice to live by while you’re in college: treat school like a 9 to 5 full-time job. This way you’re not staying up during all hours of the night finishing off essays and using your weekend time working on projects! A weekly schedule allows you to visualize what time you spend in classes and the free time you have to study, go to the gym, etc.
- Colour in the boxes for each class with a different colour.
- Use that colour highlighter when highlighting key-notes in class.
- Use a pencil to shade in the areas that you intend to study during.
- Make sure to schedule in a lunch and snack break!
- Once you’ve become comfortable with your workload, schedule other times that you’d like to use for going to the gym or attending on campus activities.
- Don’t forget to include the nights in which you may have weekly rehearsals, practices, or club meetings.
Making a Post-it Note To-Do List
I’m going to assume you read the header, and thought “what on God’s green earth is a ‘post-it note to-do list’?!” Well, I’m here to tell you this little miracle has helped me organize and realize what I have to accomplish for each class during the week, leaving me feeling a tad less stressed out. I love this trick because it enables you to see what you have to complete for each class during the current week and you feel a sense of accomplishment when you get to put a little checkmark beside each task that you complete!
- Put assignments/readings that are top priority at the top of each class list.
- Leave a square for your own personal to-do list for tasks non-school related.
- Check off tasks you’ve completed to give yourself motivation to keep going!
- Make sure to put things you don’t get to on next weeks post-it.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and decide to use one or both of these ideas to optimize your time management skills as well as your organizational skills! Please make sure to subscribe via email so you never miss a post and follow all my of other social media accounts found in the sidebar! Now, some questions for you…