College is a wildly diverse experience that can be interpreted and acted upon in a variety of ways. Whether you’re shooting for Dean’s List, all-athlete, or the most outrageous person at the party, there’s a theme that brings all college students together, and that is working for the future. Sometimes though, it’s easy to lose track of the hours. While it’s good to let life come as it does, it’s also an important time to make sure you’re doing yourself right in the long run.
Count Your Hours (Time Management)
Counting hours is a solid way to have an idea of just how much time you’re working with in a day. It’ll help you stay on track throughout the semester, and it’s pretty easy to figure out. By simply subtracting your hours of sleep, eating, studying, homework, class, relaxing, exercising, and what have you, you’ll find that you have a certain amount of hours leftover that you can disperse as you wish. While micro managing every minute your time is more than likely counterproductive, you’ll find that having a rough idea of how many hours you’ve got devoted to certain tasks will have you pushing yourself harder on a subconscious level.
Find Your Priorities
Finding your priorities will make college life a lot clearer, as it’s a big adjustment. It’s important to get a head start on sharpening your focus on where you’re going and how you’re getting there. It helps to start the semester by getting the input of one of professors. Another place to look is the internet; there are thousands of students who, like yourself, are likely wondering where they can go with what they’re studying, and if there’s a popular desire for information, it can be found online. After you’ve referenced a couple sources, take some time to do a simple but effective thing: lie in your bed and think about life.
The final thing to do in terms of being efficient with your time is to be realistic. After you find your priorities and manage your hours and apply them together, take into account that life will always be throwing curve balls. So in the name of being realistic cut any excess expectations in half. College is an ever-changing, constantly busy time. In a time so hectic, there’s no need to be hard on yourself.