7 Best Ways to Practice Time Management in College

Text placeholder.pngCollege can be stressful. Someone asks you when you are free to meet and you just sit there staring intensely wondering “Yea when AM I free?” It can be overwhelming and when you don’t have a system in place to combat the crazy it can be unmanageable. From one insanely busy college student to another I’m here to give you insight into 7 of the best ways I have found to practice time management in college.

1. Have a Planner

Whether this is on your phone, computer, or a written physical planner the only way you are going to be able to have time management is to know what your time looks like. I color code all of my items by subject to keep everything uniform. I also use both an electronic calendar as well as a physical planner to help me manage the aspects of my day. I write everything down that my teacher’s ask me to do and other things I have to do myself in my physical planner and later transfer that onto an electronic calendar. I use Google calendar and it is a lifesaver.

Not only do I input all of my assignments onto it I also input all of my classes, meetings, and extracurricular. Whether that me going to the gym, movie nights with friends, or vocal practice times you can be sure it is in my Google calendar. The thing I find most helpful about Google calendar is that I can set it to notify me before the event to keep me on track. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve almost forgotten a meeting or class because I got sidetracked or didn’t know what day it was, but then Google calendar was out here having my back making sure I remembered. (This is not a sponsored post I just really love Google calendar)

2. Don’t Overbook Yourself

This is when a planner comes in handy. No more scheduling multiple things at once, but another thing you have to watch out for is putting too much on your plate to where you can’t handle it. Whether this means not joining that club, or skipping going out with friends because you really should finish that paper before tomorrow, overbooking yourself will add an unreasonable amount of stress to your life. The hardest part is, we want to do so much in college that we hate the thought of missing out. Which brings me to my next point.

3. Don’t Hesitate to say No

It seems as college students there is this constant need to do anything and everything at this point in our lives. Like taking the extra class because for the credits. The extra work hours to make some extra money. We spread ourselves so thin because the hours in the day seem to keep getting shorter and we get FOMO (fear of missing out).

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This becomes a problem when all of this is stacked on top of each other, but there is a way to fight it. Learn to say no. I know it can be hard. But if you really need to take a night in and do homework or go to sleep early do it. Even if your friends ask you to go out. Do what is best for you in that moment and if it is to say ‘No’ you may feel sad about it in the moment but in the long run you will be thanking your past self.

4. Get Things Done Ahead of Time

Procrastination is your worst enemy and it’s so easy too. When looking at homework vs watching Netflix, Netflix seems to win every time. To keep your time management goals start your homework, projects, and studying ahead of the time you assume you will. If you start working on things when you first get them you can spread out the amount of work you have to do in one sitting over a span of a few days. Which is my favorite way to work.

When I get a large load of work for different classes that are all due at different times I spread out the work and start small sections of big projects and then quickly finish the shorter assignments. By spreading out the work among multiple days when the deadline starts to come up I am not as stressed because I know I have been working on the assignment already.

5. Create Daily Task Lists

A big tip of mine that helps me to organize my time with my busy schedule is creating daily task lists. Even just mental lists help me to focus my energy on the more important things that need to happen for the day instead of worrying about everything that I need to get done.

Depending on what time I wake up for the day I will either lay in bed and plan or I do it while I walk to class. When I have more things that need to get done I like to write everything out on a notepad or on my phone. Itemizing your list by time is a big help. That way the things that need to be done earlier are the first things put onto the list. It also just helps to see your tasks laid out in front of you. Sometimes it may seem that everything that needs to get done is too much to handle but when you actually you write them down you realize there isn’t as much as you thought.

6. Set Reminders

I am a big fan of setting reminders for myself. If a teacher reminds me of a deadline in class or I remember I need to stop by the mail room later in the day I will quickly put set a reminder in my phone to notify me of it. When the reminder pops up on my phone later I am more likely to do it than if I just tell myself to remember it. I can’t tell you how many times I tell myself “I don’t need to write it down because I’ll remember.”

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7. Prioritize

Last but not least, PRIORITIZE. There are just some things that I spend all day stressing out about until I realize that it isn’t even due for another few days. Then I have wasted my time on something pretty small instead of focusing on something that would have actually been worth my time. Don’t know just prioritize work, but prioritize things like eating, sleeping, or mental breaks. If you haven’t eaten all day, or keep staying up late because you weren’t doing your work earlier in the day nothing you do will be worth doing anyway.

Time management can seem like such an easy concept. Like “no duh” if I spend my time wisely I can do it all. But reality is unless you are implementing the right tools for yourself managing you time in college can be stressful. I hope these tips help you get better at practicing time management in your daily life.

Let me know in the comments your favorite tip to help with time management.

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Pray for the Wicked Concert Review

My roommate and I bought the tickets to see Panic! last summer, and when you get tickets to something so far in advance it feels like a dream that will never actually come. When the time came this weekend to actually go it felt unreal. It just so happened that on the same day the Polar Vortex was coming through Northeast Ohio so classes got cancelled for two days. Which worked out perfect for us because we didn’t have to worry about class the day after the concert. It also meant I was being subjected to my first negative temperatures. Let me tell you, I hate everything about it and 0/10 would NOT recommend having anything to do with such cold temperatures. But I did go out and brave the subzero temps because priorities. Although my toes did not approve of my choices. I am sorry for turning you into icebergs toes, but it was worth it. 

One of my friends had given me a Panic! shirt for Christmas so I was able to wear that over a long sleeve to the concert. (Thanks Val!) We got the concert around 6 and P!ATD came on at 8:50, so we got hotdogs and candy to pass the time while watching the opening acts. Betty Who and Two Feet were the openers, neither was bad but I had never heard of them so I wasn’t as into it as I have been for other openers before.

10 minutes before the concerts a countdown started on the scene and everyone in the arena pretty much lost it. The opening song started and Brendon Urie literally jumped on stage through a trapdoor. You can imagine the screams throughout the crowd at that. Continue reading

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3 Super Easy Healthy Dorm Meals

It is really hard to eat as healthy as you would like when you are in college. Especially when the dining halls like to serve the same breakfast burritos and fried chicken every week. A good way to change up the same old boring meals and eat something more nutritious and delicious is to cook your own meal. This semester I am trying to take it upon myself to cook at least one meal a week. That way there is a variety in my diet as well as something I know will be healthy.  

Cleveland had its first big winter storm of the season this past weekend and not wanting to walk all the way to the dining hall in the cold (this SoCal girl doesn’t do well in freezing temps) my roommate and I opted to cook for the three day weekend. The meals were really easy to make and were pretty inexpensive. 

‘Brunch’

We had originally wanted to make avocado toast, but our avocados were not ripe yet so we are still waiting on that. Instead, we cooked up some warmed PBJ sandwiches. Which in my opinion is the best way to eat them, and then fried up some bacon, extra crispy. You can also put the bacon in the microwave if you wanted to and add a few extra minutes to the cook time for desired levels of crunch. Adding your desired fruit to your plates brings this to a ‘well-balanced meal’ status. We chose to add raspberries and they were the perfect touch of sweet/savory to our meal. Continue reading

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7 Books I Want to Read in 2019

A new year means a new list of books to read. This year one of my goals is to expand my horizons on the type of books I read. Last year I incorporated more classic novels into my reading, something I want to continue this year, and with many of my series already having ended I am at a loss for reading content. I read a lot of fantasy novels and have ventured more into the YA reading section for romance and adventure. For 2019 I am thinking of venturing into historical based novels. Though I have yet to look into that genre.

Now being a few weeks into January I have compiled a list of 7 books I for sure want to read this year!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series #3)

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Final Installment of the Trilogy)

With the release of the Netflix original adaption of book 1 “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” last year, I finally got around to reading the first two books over winter break. I had wanted to see the movie but refused to watch it until I had read the first book. The books are always better but I will say they did a good job with the movie and I enjoyed it. After reading the second one I know I have to finish the series and see if book 3 can top my love for the sequel.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This is a book I read sometime in middle school as one of our required reading. I clearly remember talking to one of my friends after we finished it about how we cried a lot once we finished it. I listened to the musical soundtrack sometime last year and fell in love. It has been over 6 years since then and because I can’t clearly recite everything that happened in this book I want to reread it.

The Wind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Wind in the Willows by Madeline Miller

One of my teacher’s brought up this book last semester and it intrigued me because I had heard about it but never looked into it. So now it is on my list.

The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan (Fourth Installment of Trials of Apollo)

I discussed the third book in my last book post and I am ready for this one. Even though the release date isn’t until Fall 2019… After the last book’s ending and a million videos sent to my friend of me freaking out, I need to know what happens next. I also need the Haiku chapter titles that never fail to disappoint.

Sense and Sensibility - BN

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

After reading Pride and Prejudice I want to make my way through the rest of Austen’s novels, and this seemed like the perfect one to read next.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Summer Hours at the Robber’s Library by Sue Halpern

I stumbled across this book during one of my Barnes and Noble browsing days and immediately added the title to my list of books to read. I haven’t had a chance to read it so I am determined to do so this year.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I have loved the movie since the first time my mom showed it to me. Back then I didn’t actually know there was a book. After never getting around to meeting it I have deemed 2019 the year it happens.

Leave some book recommendations in the comments below I am always in need of new reading material and tell me what you are reading in 2019!

To follow along with my reading goal progress for 2019 and see what I see follow my Goodreads page >here<.

7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.
7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.
7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.

 

7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.
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2018 in Review

2019 is here and I am having a hard time believing it. It feels as if 2018 just started. If I am honest, it feels like 2016 just started. I don’t know where any of this time went. This year has been a crazy one, to say the least. A year filled with a lot of new changes and frustrations and good things too. But I find in myself that when the year starts to come to a close it takes a lot more work for me to focus on the good, instead of the negative things of the year or the things I have already started stressing about for next year.

In order to start the year right, writing a post about some of the best things from my 2018 seemed like the perfect thing to do.

January

The very start of the year I flew back to school only to get in a van with others from my Theatre department and drive to Indianapolis for KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.) KCACTF is a theater conference held every year that has workshops to attend, productions put on by other colleges and different categories to compete in. I was really hesitant to attend because I was worried about being overwhelmed especially with it being the first week of the semester. But I am so glad I made the decision to go. It was really fun to hang out with other people in my department I don’t get to interact with much, as well as attend a ton of workshops put on by people who work in my career field. I had never been to Indianapolis before so I had a nice time visiting somewhere new and having it be my first real trip without my parents.

February

Last minute I signed up to Assistant Stage Manage this year’s Fyoo Zh En production, that is a cultural dance production put on at my school with a different focus every year. Late nights, long hours, and some puddles along the way allowed this production to be something I would never forget. It is always nice to be a part of an aspect of art and theatre that I am normally not associated with. Our dancers were amazing and my co-ASM and I had a lot of fun putting it on and having our routines of getting a juice and sweeping before the show. It was also my first time working with a fly system and boy were my arms sore after.

March

For the beginning of my spring break my grandma made a girls trip for us to Chicago. We both flew into the city (her from California, me from Ohio) and met at the hotel to spend about three days of exploring the city together. We did a double-decker bus tour seeing things like buildings Ferris Bueller’s Day off was filmed at and the historic buildings. I wanted to go to the Art Institute to see the pieces they have of Monet (who is my favorite painter) as well as have my Ferris Bueller montage moment, but instead of going there while I was getting ready my parents face timed me to surprise me with the fact I had tickets to  *wait for it* Continue reading

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