So I’m just going to address the elephant in the room here. I’ve been away from the blog game for about a month now. I am very sorry about it! I was feeling uninspired and pressured to be writting content constantly and I felt like you guts deserved more than that. So I took a break and now we’re back! And today we’re talking all about creating an effective college schedule!
How To Create An Effective College Schedule… In 10 Minutes Or Less
Now, one thing I know about being a student is. You seem to have no time to actually do anything. And that includes creating an amazing and effective college schedule. Yeah, there’s tons of online apps to plug away at and you can do it by hand. BUT my tried and true method of creating my super effective college schedule is the good old Excel sheet.
Do you remember this post? Well, I broke down my WHOOOOLE step by step process of how I formatted and created my college schedule template. I’ll be honest, that process took a little longer than 10 minutes. But now it’s easy breezy.
I feel like this is one of the most debated topics when it comes to college schedules. To take an 8am class or not to take an 8am class. That is the REAL question. In my case? I’m all in for 8am classes. I’m inherently a morning person and I don’t mind being up and learning for 8am. Now, my boyfriend on the other hand. I don’t think I could get him to take an 8am class if I paid him to. Some people are just different!
You know yourself the best! So make the right choice for you. Do you love the 8am’s like I do? Schedule that baby. For this first time in three years I don’t have an 8am class because there was nothing open in the classes I wanted to take. But hey, that’s life! Here is a breakdown of my current classes – they’re also my main weapons when it comes to creating an effective college schedule.
- MARK 312 12:00-12:50
- MGTS 352 9:30-10:50
- ORGA 201 2:00-3:20
- FNCE 301 3:30-4:50
- MGTS 352 LAB 8:00-8:50
Alright I lied, I have one 8am class. But that’s not super important. What’s important to note with your classes is where you’ve got your time gaps. What are you planning on using those for? Is what you planned realistic in the time frame? Well, let’s chat about it.
CREATING YOUR EFFECTIVE COLLEGE SCHEDULE
Break out your Excel folks! The very first thing I do every single time I sit down to do my schedule is insert my classes. Because college is a huge time commitment it’s always my top priority. To refresh your memory if you still have’t read the previous post – all I do is define shapes in Excel. That means I use my “merge and center” tool RELIGIOUSLY and create my boxes. All you have to do for that is select the amount of cells you want grouped together, click merge and center and TA-DA! A space to input your classes.
I also add the times according to my own personal schedule and that totally helps me have an effective college schedule. You can split them up by hours or every half hour or however you would like to!
Bam! We have classes. I know this looks super boring and plain but I promise we’ll spice it up soon! But for now, the next thing we’re going to do is put in our work availability. Now, like almost every college student I’ve ever met – I work a part time job. And that means having time to actually work. So of course I’ve got to schedule it! When inputing my schedule for the semester I always do things in order of importance. Here is my breakdown:
Priorties? Check! Now you can start adding the things you do for fun. With my schedule it honestly doesn’t allow me tons of free time. And I’m honestly okay with that! Having my time more scheduled and managed allows me to not only have but also maintain an effective college schedule.
And there we have it. Our completed college schedule plus some spit colours! What’s really important to note here is that while it says I work every single day according to this schedule, I don’t actually work every single day. On the day I’m not scheduled I spend that time doing homework and assignments and hanging out with friends.
How To Keep Your Effective College Schedule
So, you have this beautiful schedule that fits to your life exactly how you want. Now what? Well, here comes the hard part. Actually sticking to your new and effective college schedule. With all the best things in life it honestly does take time to commit to something and integrate it into your lifestyle. Coming off a summer break really dines’t help much either so here are my top tips when it comes to recalibrating your school commitment.
- Reward Yourself! Obviously this is my favourite one. Every single time you make it through an entire week of sticking to your new and amazing effective college schedule give yourself a treat! My favourite thing to do is buy myself some sort of new stationery item. The way I see it… the more organized I am, the more I get to buy things to help me get organized.
- Ask a friend to join you! Nothing works better than accountability. How crappy is it to let down the people you love? Trust me I know the feeling. Ask a friend to join you in sticking to your new schedules. Every week get together and chat! They will be there to help kick you back on the path to success.
- Take it easy! The number one mistake I made when going into to college was trying to do it all at once. Do you know what that does? It leads to a hefty college burnout. Instead of committing to everything at once, start to integrate your options slowly. For example, I dance on Tuesday and Thursday nights. For the first few weeks I would take that out of my schedule to focus on school and blogging. After I’ve got that locked down, I’d start to introduce dance back into my schedule.
And there you have it! How to create and effective college schedule… in 10 minutes or less! I hope this post inspired you to create and stick to your own amazing schedules this semester. For those of you that just aren’t that creative when it comes to scheduling I’ve created a free class schedule printable as well as a free bundle of college downloads. You can claim your freebies by entering your email below! After that, leave me a comment telling me all about your favourite ways to schedule. That’s all for now folks!