College Time Management 101

Everything You'll Need to Manage Your Time Wisely

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Time management can be one of the most important—and difficult—skills to learn during your college years. With so much going on, staying on top of your time can sometimes seem impossible. You might very well come to realize that time is your most precious commodity in college. Fortunately, however, there are a number of things you can do to help make sure your time management as a student leaves you feeling organized and in control instead of exhausted and behind.

Planning Ahead

You can't plan your time well if you don't know what you're planning for. Although it can be a pain in the brain, spending a little time now can help save a ton of time in the future.

Avoiding Problems in Advance

Of course, sometimes life just happens. So how can you make sure you avoid unnecessary time traps that can turn from a minor inconvenience to a major problem?

Executing

You've planned ahead. You know what to look out for along the way. You're ready to start this semester/project/paper/you-name-it and stay on top of your time, all of the time. What's the best way to execute your plans?

Finding Motivation Along the Way

Good time management takes, well, time. So what can you do if you find yourself needing a little motivation along the way?

Time's Up?! What to Do If Time Runs Out

Sometimes, not matter how much you plan or how great your intentions are, things just don't work out.

So what can you do to fix—and learn from—your time management mistakes?

Just like everything else you're learning during your time in school, great time management skills take time to learn—and that includes letting yourself learn from your mistakes. Strong time management is important enough, however, that continually striving to improve is worth the effort each and every time.