Hello! I’m really excited about sharing my first blog post with you. While showcasing a glimpse of my college experience at CCBC.
The spring semester started a month ago…and to me it feels like SO much longer than that. I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough already. My time management skills started slacking over winter break, and continued into the school year.
Like a lot of people I knew, my mind was still in vacation mode. And at first, I didn’t even realize it. I kept telling myself to get back into school mindset. But how?
Planners are life. One major road block for me, as is for a lot of students is balancing all the different aspects of life: School, Work, Social life, Extra curriculars etc. Something that’s helping me is my PLANNER!! Anyone who knows me personally knows that I struggled with maintaining an organized planner at first. But trust me, once you take the time to put all your responsibilities in one place it will save you time later. I even color code mine so that I know what category each event is for. You don’t have to go as far as my but having a planner, whether hardcopy or digital (or both) helps.
Phone off or airplane. A major key that was the secret to my success last year, turn your phone off! I know it sounds simple and obvious, but most students don’t do this. One little thing like turning your phone on airplane mode can completely alter your study time. I found myself getting distracted by notifications or taking long breaks to scroll through my feed. So once I made this choice and stuck with it, I noticed a difference.
Take a look at your schedule. Making allotted times for everything not only is proactive, but helps to use time wisely. If you set a specific time for each task everyday, it’s crazy how much you can get done. Something that goes along with this examining your schedule. Do you have long breaks in between classes or work? Is it possible to wake up a little earlier? Use these times to do homework, study, or even visit the Student Success Center for tutoring. I used to wait until I got home at night to start on my work. Most often than not I would be exhausted and fall asleep. Or I would stay up extremely late just to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I still have late nights. But being wise with your time, will help these nights happen less often.
Don’t freak out. Lastly, don’t forget that we’re all still learning. It’s ok if you things don’t go right at first. But learn from your mistakes and improve. Test out what works for you and stick with it.