Manage your time like a *pro*
Across the U.S., many students are navigating virtual learning for the first time—and while you may be enjoying the positives of it, the lack of class bells and structure is probably a challenge. Struggling to keep up....and, well, remember what day it is? Use these tips to organize your time so you can crush your school work and make this semester feel like a piece of cake.
Hang a calendar by your bed
Calendars are a great way to visually see all important events and due dates, and the best place to hang one is right by your bed. That way, when you open your eyes in the morning, you'll see what's expected of you on that day. You'll never forget an important deadline when it's staring you right in the face.
Create schedules for long-term assignments
Long-term assignments can be a procrastinator's kryptonite. The best way to combat these types of projects is to plan out all the steps. Break up the project into smaller assignments and make a timeline for each. Write when you want to get each part done in your planner, and these huge assignments won't seem so overwhelming.
Mentally move up the due date
In order to make sure you never turn in an assignment late, act as though the project is due the day before your teacher wants it. It feels so good to get things done early.
Plan out your free time
It's so easy to get caught up binge-watching Netflix for hours and then realize you're going to have to stay up all night to get your work done. Free time is important for avoiding stress, but there's a time and place for it. Schedule in free time *after* you finish your homework, or as a quick study break. Reward your hard work with an episode or two of your favorite show.
Make a knockout list
At the beginning of the week, figure out the top five most important tasks you need to get done, and then focus on those five before tackling anything else. Prioritizing is important and you'll feel like a rock star when you finish everything on your list.
Evaluate at the end of the week
At the end of every week, take the time to review how you did managing your time. Acknowledge what worked and what you still need to work on. Time management isn't an exact science. Everyone has a different way of being successful, so figure out what is best for you!
What's your best time-management tip? Let us know in the comments!