Here are my thoughts on how to manage your precious time while in college:
SCHOOL COMES FIRST.
Yeah, I know I probably sound like your mom, but what’s the point of spending money on college if you’re not going to put in the work? College is your job. If you haven’t realized that now, you will by your junior year. I promise. Once you understand this, managing other things becomes a little easier.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR.
Thank you Steve Jobs for the iPhone calendar that alerts me when I have things coming up. At the beginning of the semester, go through and write down when all your tests/projects/presentations are due – you will know what days and weeks will be your most busy ones. Also, if you have a job, mark down your hours ASAP.
TAKE A BREAK.
This is what my friends and I are personally struggling the most with this summer. We’re in the height of our junior year, and our schedules allow for very little free time due to jobs and classes. No matter how busy you get or how long your list is, you need to make some time for yourself. Pick at least one day on a weekend and devote to making irrational purchases, eating like a pig, and staying out with your friends at 4th Street Live until 4am.
Between you and your friends and family. The ones who truly care about you will totally understand if you forgot to call them back or have to reschedule a dinner date. However, they deserve a few hours of your undivided attention now and again. Let them know your schedule and make sure they understand you haven’t forgotten about them.
YOU WILL SURVIVE.
Some weeks, there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you should have. This is a revelation I had last year. Never should you compromise your health or well-being to ensure that you got every single thing accomplished. You will know you’re on the right track with time management when the balance scale lays straight. We’re human – not perfect, and there’s always tomorrow!