Hey guys! Welcome back to another Wednesday College post with Karly. Today we’re chatting all about time management. Managing your time can honestly be a factor between making it or breaking it. And to be completely honest, I’m not 100% good at it yet. Like any other college kid sometimes I like to just do nothing a procrastinate. But eventually it does have to stop. So I’ve complied 5 time management tips to help you accomplish things FAST! Let’s jump in!
5 Time Management Tips For College Students
Manage Your Time On Social Media
Okay, this is probably one of the hardest time management tips for me. As a person who is trying to be able to do social media full time it’s such a pull. Checking Instagram stories, snapchats, Facebook live’s. It’s all super enticing! That being said, it’s not beneficial when you’re trying to get things done. We’ve all been there before; a simple Instagram like turns into an hour of scrolling and only the introduction of your essay done.
To help you combat this eternal struggle here’s some time management tips for ya. (PS – this is probably my #2 tip with anything you’re struggling to get done!
1. Put Down The Phone
Literally the hardest part in this whole situation. Put that bad boy down and honestly away from you. If it’s a considerable distance away from you you’ll be less enticed by it. So set it and forget it girlfriend!
2. Turn On Airplane Mode
I know what you’re thinking. “Karly you’re a genius.” Well thanks girl, just tryna help you out! There’s been countless times where my phone is away from me but I can still see notification flashing on the screen. Maybe it was an email, or a like, or a comment. Whatever it was it wasn’t beneficial to what I was doing at the moment, but I still got distracted.
I found that by simply just turning on my airplane mode I could get hyper focused on a task. Nothing would be flashing my screen and not even texts could go through. I know some of you are thinking “yeah but what if there’s an emergency or someone needs to get a hold of you?” Well, my answer to the is your phone is not off forever – only temporarily. I bet you you’ve sat there for hours without a single person texting you, the likelihood of a gigantic emergency happening for the 20 minutes you’re off grid won’t hurt you. Trust me, this time management tips is a MUST!
3. For Those Of You Stressin’ – Try Turning Off Your Wifi/Data
Same concept applies here. If you SERIOUSLY are tripping over missing a life changing call or text from someone don’t switch your phone to airplane mode. Instead, turn off your wifi as well as your data. Now, this doesn’t stop people from sending you texts so you’re willpower is going to have to be STRONG girl. But, I believe in you. You’ve got this.
4. For The Peeps Who Need A Little Extra Help
Get yourself a time management app. Seriously. I know it’s sort of ironic to get yourself an app on your phone … that you’re trying to stay away from. But that’s the point! There are tons of time management apps out there that can completely block you out of certain actions on your phone for any given time.
One of my favourite apps is called Offtime. Not only does it restrict screen time for certain time periods, it also does a bunch of cool things. You can track your usage, set hurdles, set reminders, and so much more. This is a great option if you’ve tried literally everything else.
Get Yourself A Morning Routine
I can’t even stress to you enough how important a morning routine is. I’ve always been the type of person to wake up pretty early so I’ve never really struggled with that. However, having a morning routine was where I was falling short. On my off days (like today for example) I still try and get up at 5:30am, hit the treadmill, and get my productive day going. Doing things over and over again may seem like a boring idea but getting into the habit of doing the right things is so beneficial in the end.
I’m going to be honest, I’m terrible at studying in advanced. Like actually in advanced, like two weeks. I’m notorious for studying 3 days before a big test. And, you guessed it, that doesn’t help. Recently I’ve been tracking homework and studying in my bullet journal. Because I’m hyper competitive (even with myself) I force myself to get those things done. It’s only been a week of actually doing it every day but by week three ya girl should be SET.
Don’t Hit Snooze 5 Times… Or Wake Up At 1pm
Speaking of routine, get yourself in the habit of getting up early. It doesn’t have to be 5:30AM but it also can’t be 1pm. I know someone out there is reading this is about to be like “I’m more productive at night.” And honestly I disagree. You probably just think you’re super productive by staying up really late “working” on a project between episodes of Friends. Let’s be real here. If you’re going to have a productive and focused day, you’re going to actually have to be awake for the day. I know getting into a habit of waking up earlier in the mornings is hard, but here’s how to master it!
1. Set An Alarm (Or Two)
I’ve got a love hate relationship with this rule. I for sure have an alarm, but only one. I think the “reassurance” of having more than one alarm set literally makes you sleep longer. But in the beginning I can totally understand. The key to setting these alarms is to set them about 5 minutes apart from each other. Why you ask? Because the standard iPhone alarm snoozes for about 9 minutes.
When you’re tired af that nine minutes can suck you back in. So set another alarm for the halfway point. This way you’re brain is still sort of awake when the second alarm goes off. This will result in a different alarm going off every about 5 minutes. Annoying? Yes. Effective? Totally.
2. Set Out Some Water And Slam It
Drinking water right in the morning refreshes me SO much. But it also makes me have to pee, and honestly it’s a win. Drinking that water right as soon as my alarm goes off not only hydrates me after sleeping but also forces me to get out of bed in the next ten-ish minutes.
It doesn’t have to be tons of water either. I like to keep 8 oz or 1 cup of water next to my bed and then drink another 8 oz about 20 minutes later with a protein shake. That’s 16 oz before you’ve really even done anything for the day!
3. Actually Go To Bed Early
Let’s be real, if you’re going to bed at 12am and trying to get up at 5:30am you’re going to have a bad time. So seriously, go to bed earlier. On my most amazing accurate days I’ll go to bed at 9:30pm and wake up at 5:30am. A perfect 8 hours of sleep. But since I work until 9:30 most nights I aim more so for a 10pm bedtime with a 5:30am wakeup. 7.5 hours of sleep and I’m feeling great.
I understand it can be hard to get into the habit of actually going to sleep early. I know there are tons of way you can get to sleep fast; including melatonin, essential oils, vitamins, tea, etc. My only precaution would be to check with your doctor before you starting messing with sleeping aids. I’ve heard that taking too much Melatonin can mess up your normal Melatonin levels so I would be careful! If you’re looking for a but of a more chill way to sleep earlier try a Sleepytime tea or (if you live in the US) I heard Trader Joe’s has AMAZING sleep gummy vitamins.
Introduce Yourself To The Pomodoro
I use Pomodoro’s for literally everything. Studying? Yes. Blogging? Yes. Cleaning my house? Oh yes. They’re just so darn effective. I’ve literally managed to write entire 1300+ word blogs in an hour or less because of them. So what exactly is a Pomodoro? A Pomodoro is essentially a time series. You do 20-25 minutes of straight work and then take 5-10 minute rest. That’s it! It works SO WELL because you’re being nothing but productive with those 20-25 minutes. It allows you to focus on literally nothing else but the task at hand. And you know what? You get sh*t DONE.
I’ve always had problems with distractions an downright laziness when it comes to homework and projects. It could even be something I’m excited to work on (example – the blog!) and the thought of working on it endlessly makes me want to die a bit.
1. Your 20-25 Minutes
This is your “up time”. This is where you get EVERYTHING done. I combine my social media tip with my Pomodoro and block out all distractions for that 20-25 minutes. And let me tell you I turn into a productivity machine. It’s really important to not get distracted in your own thoughts during this time as well. I can tell you there’s been up times where I end up lost in my own thoughts wasting like five minutes of my time.
For this you’re going to want to get laser focused and clear about what you want to achieve in the time. Finish a paragraph? DO IT. Write half a blog post? Get typing! It all comes down to you during this time and I know you can kick some butt.
2. Your 5-10 Minutes
The glorious break time. I usually use this opportunity to pee, glance through my phone, and shoot back some quick texts. After that, airplane mode goes back on. I think the break is honestly the most important part of a Pomodoro. Our attention spans are rapidly declining and, for me at least, I find it really hard to have user focus on something for 30 minutes or more. Eventually the work I’m doing becomes sloppy and half baked. It’s not good and I know it. So I welcome the breaks.
I usually do a 25/5 split for my Pomodoro’s because I find anything longer than that I either get too invested in social media or I end up literally staring at my countdown until my next up period. 5 minutes has worked wonderfully for me because I really can’t get too off track.
3. Ok, But When Do I Stop?
Depending on the task I’ll do four rounds of Pomodoro’s. That’s four 25/5 splits totalling two hours. When I’m on a roll with blogging I can write out and edit an entire blog post in about an hour or two Pomodoro’s but it’s entirely up to you. What you’ll find is with your improved bursts of focus you actually get more done, meaning you spend less time half assing whatever you’re doing. If I ever have a giant task to completely I’ll do two hours, take a half hour break, and dive back in.
PS – If I ever complete a task with extra time left on my up time I’ll just take my break then. I find when I have extra time after a project is 100% complete I start making unnecessary changes. All in all, it’s best for me to just call it whenever I’m done what I’m working on.
Are You Feeling Inspired?
That’s all for me folks! I truly hope you guys enjoyed this post on 5 Time Management Tips For College Students. Managing your time in college is really freaking hard. I remember last fall semester I was working 40+ hours a week and had seven classes. Needles to say – I wrote this blog on failing classes. Having a great schedule and some great systems in place can help you SO MUCH.
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As always! Much love,