How To Manage Time In College: Best Advice

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When you think of time there is so little and we can hardly get enough of it. I will be sharing with you about how college students can effectively manage their time and be more productive throughout their studies.

In no particular order, below I will be sharing the top 7 key principles that any student can follow. It is no rocket science and it does not need any decoding or formula.

1. Be Determined

The key to getting things done starts within the mind. You have to want the results and be willing to do what it takes. A made up mind diminishes fear.  Determination alone will not get you what you want. One has to take action.

It is about knowing that you will come upon challenges but regardless you will not give up.

For you to be determined you need to have a purpose as to why you want to better manage your time.

Think about the end product of what it is that you want to achieve. When you are determined, failure is not an option.

The fact that you are now online seeking information on how to manage your time is a good start and shows that you have already started making up your mind to make changes.

2. Sit and Create a Plan

Next, you may need to sit and create a plan. Sit down and create a schedule or a to-do list. You will need to prioritize your most important task and those that have close timelines ahead.

You may create one for each day or the week. In planning this, be flexible for adjustments in cases of an emergency or unexpected unforeseen challenges.

This will help you to keep focus and not waste time. Be realistic in estimating how long it will take you to complete each set task. Know what will take you only 30 minutes and those that will take you 2 hours.

3. Make Your Habits a Routine

Seek to make completing set task a routine. You may prefer to have a morning routine– working in the quiet hours or you alone or you may be a  night owl and work best with a night routine

The more you invest in getting things done, the more you will realize that it is no longer a bother or burdensome.

In fact, you would have completed the task without even realizing after some time.

There isn’t a need either to multitask. Multitasking can create confusion. Take it step by step in completing one task after the next. No need to be working on several projects at once.

4. Take Advantage of Technology

Technology has so much to offer. There are so many educational apps that you can utilize in aiding yourself to manage your time better. One can use a planner, calendar or manage their checklist from the phone.

You can use the Pomodoro Technique or clockwork tomato. An example of this is after working on task consistently for thirty minutes you would give yourself a 5 minutes break.

If you spend a lot of time talking and texting on your phone or browsing the internet then this is definitely a time waster. You have to manage those things that waste your time.

Make an effort in avoiding such a distraction unless you are doing research on the internet that will be beneficial towards your studying.

5. Balance The Courses You Take

It can often be seen where students will load their semester with classes in an order to complete their studies before the prescribed timeline.

It is better to take 5 courses and get all A‘s than to pack 8 courses and then end up with B‘s.

Having too much dished out on one’s plate can contribute to not being able to find enough time to get things done. Bite the amount that you know you will be able to chew.

If you don’t want a stressful and hectic semester, then keep things under control. Don’t underestimate yourself either but do know your limits.

6. Avoid Procrastination

It is so easy to sit and say I’ll do it later or I have enough time. It is the little things that you do each day that adds up.

Big goals are achieved with small steps. A favorite saying of one of my lecturers is that “Rome was not built in one night:”

It can be detrimental to try and cram studies overnight or sit up all night to write papers.

Procrastination normally carries with it negative consequences. Avoid this at all cost. You have nothing to lose in being on time for classes, workshops or other important lectures.

You may feel that you are losing out on a party when you had planned to study. Sticking to the schedule will work out better in the long run.

7. Take Care of Yourself

Always include space for free time. This could be to get yourself pampered with a massage, manicure or pedicure, hanging out with friends or relatives, getting a nice snack, taking a walk in the park or just doing something that you enjoy.

There may be times that the transition from being a time waster to effectively managing your time will seem overwhelming but all you need to do is make time to give yourself a breather.

Some students are so involved in social events or academic pursuits that they are not able to even find adequate time to eat or take care of their health. Avoid this trap as it can lead to burnout


Time wasted in college cannot be regained. Use every bit of it to your advantage.

You may not get it correct all the time however this is not a reason to beat yourself up. Keep getting at it until you achieve your desired results.

The rewards of managing your time are great and I know that when you start receiving them you will keep going. 

I hope that you have found this post to be useful and are better able to stay focus and manage your time as a student.

Share your thoughts below on what works for you.


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