Time Management Tips for College Students

As college students, time is certainly of the essence. From classes to studying to hanging out with friends, managing our time wisely is rather important. It’s important that we don’t end up scheduling too many things at once!

The following are a few time management tips for college students to help you organize your life a little better.

  • iCal

Can we just have a moment of silence for the greatness of iCal?

If you’re a Mac user and have used iCal, you know what I’m talking about. iCal (on Mac OS X Lion and earlier) gives users the opportunity to keep track of their appointments, holidays, reminders and more!

With iCal I’ve been able to schedule out what I have planned from work to class to getting coffee with a friend. You can even color coordinate depending on the type of event you have — making it obvious if you’re spending more time working than in class. I love iCal because I’m able to visualize my schedule on my laptop screen. Your iCal can also be synced with the calendar on your iPhone, making it easy to see your schedule on-the-go.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a section to type out some reminders on the side of your calendar and rank them in accordance to their priority level. Now that’s some high-quality organization.

  • Get a planner

If iCal is too tech-savvy or you don’t have a Mac, I highly recommend a good, old-fashioned planner. Search your local office supply store, campus bookstore or Target for your perfect planner. Different planners have a different set-up. If you like having a lot of room to write out your assignments and events, I suggest a Moleskine planner or something similar.

When writing out your tasks and schedule, don’t forget to prioritize your most important tasks first! Using a planner will help you see your schedule all laid out right in front of you. Keep a pen handy.

  • WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy is one of my newest time management tips for college students. It’s a great website to check out if you’re looking for ways to organize your brain and an awesome tool for jotting down tasks in a list format.

Familiar with hashtags? Hashtag some of your tasks and simply click on one of the hashtags for WorkFlowy to bring up all of the things on your list with with the same hashtag. You can even update your list via their mobile app.

  • Don’t procrastinate

As obvious as it may seem, the more we procrastinate, the more time we’re wasting that we could have spent working on that English essay. It can be easy to say you won’t procrastinate, but before you know it, it’s the night before your next exam and you haven’t started studying. Don’t let that be you. Stay on top of your tasks and manage your time wisely in order to fit in the adequate amount of study time.

Sticking with your schedule and not procrastinating isn’t a bad thing whatsoever.

  • Eliminate distractions

It’s one of those nights. You are in over your head on homework and studying and it’s looking as though it’s going to be an all-nighter. Hopefully this isn’t you, but in the slight chance it is, hide out in your room and get your work done. Put your headphones in and get in study-mode. Put a “do not disturb” sign on your bedroom dorm, whatever it takes. Find a secluded place to lower the amount of distractions so you can manage the time you spend studying wisely. Before you know it, you’ll be breezing through those math problems.

In college we won’t want to miss a thing so by following these time management tips for college students, we’ll be doing ourselves a favor. Not only will you be less stressed by organizing your brain a little, but these tools will help you allot your time according to your schedule. And with the help of a planner or iCal, you’ll be sure to make it to your meetings and classes on time!

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Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja is a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news-editorial. At school, she can often be found in the Mustang Daily newsroom where she works as a copy editor. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
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