You may have already read the top ways that college students waste their time in college. Well in this blog post I will be sharing how to not waste your time in college. I know what it feels like to want to get the most out of your educational training but then you are slacking off.
Some believe that college is a waste of time and money. I can tell you that you don’t need to sacrifice your social life and become a nerd to get things done and not waste time. No one wants to get up feeling that they wasted 3-4 years of their lives.
In truth and in fact there really isn’t anything that should be stereotyped as bad. It is often how it is used that may be negative. One such thing is TIME. To prevent wasting time here are some simple things that you can do as a student.
1. Trust Yourself
Believe in yourself that you have what it takes to be productive. While you are going to be having the time of your life in college, you have the chance and the ability to make the best of it.
You have to tell yourself that you can do it and just start. Don’t knock yourself down if all don’t go as you plan. Just get up and start again.
Starting now is the opportune time to know that you did not waste all your time in college. There are many others who have come and gone and they have done it. You too are no exception at getting things right.
2. Ask Questions
Ask questions as this will prevent you from doing unnecessary work. A good way to pinpoint what to study and what is really needed for an assignment is to ask questions.
When there is uncertainty ask questions it will save you hours. Imagine writing a ten-page paper on something that was canceled or omitted by the lecturer. Seek clarity on instructions given.
You also need to start networking. Talk to people, especially your professors. Worrying about things is one of the biggest time killers for students. If you can categorize those things you worry about into rational and irrational thoughts, then you will see that most of what you worry about doesn’t exist.
3. Plan Ahead
As best as possible plan all that you intend to do. Time is one of your most precious commodity and you can’t afford to not make use of it. “Time waits on no man and time wasted can never be regained.” Just taking 5-10 minutes of your day to outline what you will be doing really saves you from having those I have nothing to do gaps.
There is a time for everything. A time to play video games, a time to sleep, a time to study, time to hang with friends and a time to eat you name it. “Time spent planning is never time wasted”
Check the time that you spend on the internet, reading emails, as compared to the time you spend on doing things that really matter. There are simple little things that you can do daily to help you to be more organized and focused.
Practicing organization tips will help you to save tons of time. Changing tasks and times between classes is when a lot of students waste time. Not only plan but stick to the task at hand.
Remember to plan time for yourself to just relax and rejuvenate your body. Never spend time on anything that will not help you in reaching your goals.
4. Re-evaluate Your Goals
If you are studying something that you do not love or is useful to you then you would definitely be wasting your time. Is your area of study bringing you any closer to your intended goals? If you cannot see a justifiable reason you are studying what you do it is time to rethink things.
You may even be in an area of study and thought that was where you want to be, and now you want to change. It would be a waste after two years to change your major.
It would be more than a waste of time to stick with it all four years and get low grades in something you no longer like.
You might need to change course and check out those things that interest you. Do what you love and not what your friends, family or parents want. You don’t have to rush.
Take a few months and figure this out. To be happy at the end, all that you do must be time productive in reaching your goals.
5. Work Towards Being Debt Free
Graduating with a 50k debt is not worth it. You should not go to college to make other peoples pockets fat. Work part-time, during the summer and live frugally as best as possible. Living on borrowed money will cost you. You do not want to have to settle for small jobs after graduation when you can’t get one you like.
When you are on a loan you should not be wasting time. Having a loan to repay for the next 10-15 years is hefty. Start doing some online job, freelancing, or something. Don’t have all the play because, in the end, it is going to cost you.
Find some way to reduce the amount you have to pay for your education. Stop for a moment and think about what you could do with the funds it takes to get a college education. I know I could use mine to start a business, get a nice ride and have a downpayment on a home.
I hope that you have found some meaningful way to not waste time in college. Feel free to share your feedback in the comments below.