We’re getting to the end of the school year, which leaves most students rushing to finish projects or cram for tests. On top of that, finals season is just on the horizon. Here are a few ways to manage your time and stay organized, according to IU Counseling and Psychological Services.
Make lists of the big tasks you need to get done in the week or the month.
Rank your tasks in order of priority from high, to medium, to low.
Write out deadlines on a calendar.
Break bigger projects into smaller deadlines for yourself.
Get rid of or ignore some low-priority tasks. They’re likely not actually important.
Choose a time frame to list what you need to do. Make a plan for your college career, then one for the semester, then one for each week or even each day.
Don’t overestimate how long a task will take.
It’s better to work for a few hours when you can concentrate than spending more time trying to work when you can’t.
Hold yourself accountable for your goals. If you’re not committed to your goals, CAPS recommends reassessing your plans or seeking help from a counselor.
If you’re a morning person, find time for your work in the morning. If you’re a night person, try to finish your work before you go to sleep.
If you feel guilty about what you didn’t do, that will just waste time.
Find time to relax.