How To Balance Your Time In College

How To Balance Your Time In College

How To Balance Your Time In College

College is a big transition time for everyone, especially for first-year students. This is the first time you are truly independent and doing all things on your own, the first time you have to be fully responsible for yourself and your time-management.

In high school and earlier, everything was laid out for you in black and white, but now in college, you have to navigate your schedule and find out what works best to succeed.

Prioritize Realistically

Starting college brings your primary skills to the test. Of course, you want to do everything you possibly can, but sometimes it is not realistically possible. Realistically prioritizing your life and being responsible for the things you need to manage will help balance your time correctly and ensure that you are not overwhelmed.

For example, if you have three classes today, a shift at work, and an exam tomorrow, you need to study, scheduling today’s social plans is not the best idea. A calendar capable of working and identifying what is essential and waiting can significantly improve your life.

Use A Planner

Regardless of whether you choose to use a paper planner, an online calendar, or any other type of event, do something! Neatly arranged and quickly found will be life-saving.

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I forgot to do things all the time before I started using a planner, and when I finally found one, my life changed for the better. I used Google Calendar and had a different paper planner, and I used them for other things.

My paper planner was a school assignment only, and my Google calendar was social / work/family responsibilities. There are also some fantastic online organizers where you can keep different tabs for everything you need. Whichever method works best for you, you should do something.

Be Comfortable Saying No

It often happens that I find myself the busiest and the most overwhelmed when I find myself saying nothing. Whether it’s taking someone’s side, dinner with a friend or grabbing coffee, picking up extra shifts at work, or something else; It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, but I’m still too busy today.”

Part of becoming a responsible adult is recognizing how many things on your “to-do” list want to explode in your brain. It’s okay to cancel someone if you can’t find the time to tell what’s more important, and it’s okay not to say anything about you. Master the art of prioritizing yourself and your first-hand responsibilities before taking other things.

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