College is a constant hustle between class, homework, extra-curricular activities, time with friends and maybe actually sleeping now and then. It can be really easy to over-commit yourself and find yourself absolutely losing your mind because you have too much going on. That said, there are also some essential life hacks for every girl just trying to survive a hectic college life.

Write everything down

Making lists might be one of my favorite organization tactics. For some reason, writing down everything I need to do takes the stress away. I have everything in one place, and suddenly, I’m ready to get it all done. Whether you have an app on your phone where you can keep lists or if you’re like me and have way too many Post-It notes on your hands, lists are an incredible tool.

Have a reliable planner & wall calendar

Everyone knows that every organized woman relies on her planner just a little too much, but a weekly wall calendar is one of my essentials too. Your planner is where you can put events far in advance and keep track of your schedule at large, but having a dry-erase wall calendar that you can update weekly is super helpful. It’s your week at a glance, so you’re not forgetting any details.

Get to sleep on time 

We live in a culture in which sleep is dangerously underrated. It’s almost fashionable to not get any sleep and survive on coffee. While I still owe sixty percent of my existence to coffee, I also see the importance of sleep especially as a busy student. Of course, you’re going to have to stay up to get work done, but try to plan on getting at least close to eight hours most nights.

Schedule your day the night before

Going into a day blind is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Whether you want to go as far as picking out your clothes before or just have a mental breakdown of your schedule, knowing what you’re getting into is half the battle. Sure, sometimes it’s fun to be spontaneous, but your schedule is your schedule. Make sure you know what’s going on so nothing falls through the cracks.

Have a clean space to work

Being busy can mean being messy, or it can mean being organized. This is a conscious choice no matter what anyone tells you. If my apartment is messy, I’m automatically more stressed than I was. It’s important for me to have a clean desk to work with when I need to get things done. Sure, this isn’t true one hundred percent of the time, but you’re winning if everything is clean eighty percent of the time.


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Work in time to relax

Sometimes relaxing feels like doing the impossible, but you have to make sure that you’re not absolutely miserable. Take an hour to go to the gym, read a book, watch a TV show or whatever else makes you happy. Even though it feels like time wasted in your brain, you’re saving your sanity bit by bit.

Cut activities that aren’t required nor benefiting you

Learning to say “no” is an essential part of being a successful woman. When you do your job well, it’s unavoidable that you’ll end up with more responsibilities. You have to learn to draw the line in order to have any time to manage. Promotions and new positions are great, but make sure you actually want them. Don’t take a position for the title. Take it because of your passion and drive to do the job well.

Put your phone down

Can you even imagine life without your phone constantly buzzing? Yeah, me neither. That’s why it’s so important to unplug now and then. You can’t reasonably be on call 24/7, and you have to be able to set boundaries. Maybe you don’t check your phone for an hour while you’re at the gym, or maybe study time is phone-free time. Just make sure to give yourself some distance now and then.

Don’t procrastinate

Procrastination is the enemy. It adds stress, cuts into your sleep schedule and can end with really bad results. Make sure you’re carving out time to get work done in advance so that when it comes to the night before a big project is due, you’re sleeping peacefully. Sometimes things will come down to the wire, but make sure you planned it like that. Planning is key.


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Dress for success

When you’re stressed and busy, it’s easy to throw on sweatpants and a t-shirt, but when you’re dressed well, you literally feel better. Lazy days, of course, aren’t the enemy, but putting fifteen extra minutes into getting ready isn’t a crime either. Positive energy attracts positive energy, so make sure that’s what you’re projecting.

Of course, these tips don’t eliminate stress, but they’re a good start to managing it. If you’re organized, well-rested and living a balanced lifestyle, you’ll be able to take your stress in stride without a second thought.

Karly M.
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Karly Matthews is a freshman at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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