Time management skills are absolutely crucial in college. No matter how good you think you are, everyone could probably improve their usage of time. I try to have a strong start each semester, but inevitably things happen and I’m not as productive as I’d like to be. As president of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), intern at COUNTRY Financial, member of the School of Communication Promotions and Development team and a blogger for The Vidette, I’ve had to learn how to manage my time. Here are some suggestions for ways to stay organized and to manage your time effectively.
Buy a planner
I don’t know where I would be without my planner. While I also use an online calendar, I highly recommend buying a tangible one as well. There’s something about physically writing stuff out that helps you remember it better.
Make a to-do list every morning
Every day when I wake up, I create a to-do list for the day, in no particular order. I then create a new list based on what I just wrote down, and rank it by urgency and importance.
Know your dates
It’s very easy to get caught up in everything going on and forget due dates. I update my planner constantly, adding or correcting dates as they come up. If something is reccurring, I write it on every date out so that I continually remember to do it.
Remember how you eat an elephant…
…one bite at a time. It’s much easier to tackle something a little bit at a time than all at once. Specifically pertaining to school assignments, I make weekly task lists for myself so I don’t wait until the end to start. While I don’t always love the extra work each week, it’s very rewarding to have it finished while everyone else is cramming.
Prepare for the next day
Each night, I like to get as prepared as I can for the next day. I pick out my outfit, get my lunch together and have my bags packed so I can take it easy in the morning. If you’re a coffee drinker like me, you can even prepare your coffee for easy brewing in the morning. My coffee maker has a programmable timer so mine is ready for me when I wake up.
What tips do you have for managing your time well?