Planners and Lists...Oh My!
Managing Your Time
Since I began college I have suddenly had to start managing my time and organizing my life. I have always considered myself an organized person, but when you are attending classes and keeping a home in order, it takes a little bit more attention to keep things running smoothly.
If you are a student, your college will probably have a helpful little book called a 'Student Planner' that you can get for free when you register. It's basically like a day planner that has useful information related to your college and campus activities. There's a calendar, both blank for your use and a calendar related to campus life. You can keep track of your classes, classwork and campus activities all in one place.
Another helpful tool is to make a 'To Do' list. As you get used to class routines you will need to keep track of studying for exams, tasks related to your assignments and schedule these chores, and any activities you might be interested in. It helps to write them down and put them someplace that you will be sure to see. I keep my 'To Do' list on the fridge. I arrange it for the week and have the tasks I need to do listed each day. As I do the task, I cross it off. It's nice to see them all crossed off at the end of the week!
There are dozens of websites where you can download free printable 'To Do' lists.
If you are new to college, it is a major help to have a planner and a 'To Do' list. Test dates and assignment due dates have a way of creeping up on you and these reminders can be very helpful. Of course, a planner or list are only good if you use them. If you are already using these types of tools to organize your time and chores, then it will be simple to adapt them to your college needs. If you don't use them, then you might have to make a little extra effort to use them or remember to use them. But doing so will be a major help and the benefits will be worth the extra effort.
So if you're looking for simple tools to help manage your college life, try these. They just might be what you need.