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Time management is arguably the hardest thing we learn during our time at college. Assignments attack us all at once and it is easy to get discouraged and behind. Fighting procrastination is no easy feat, but it will definitely be worth it when everything is said and done. 

1) Sleep Is Not Optional

No matter how young we are and how much we wish we could pull it off, our bodies cannot run on no sleep. It is acceptable to occasionally only get four hours of sleep during a stressful week (especially finals week) just make sure to get some rest. I have found that not sleeping just leads to unplanned naps at inconvenient times. Schedule a few hours to let your brain rest; it will make a huge difference.

2) Write Things Down

Get a planner and keep up with it. Write everything down, color code it, and stick to it. The best way to be in control of your responsibilities is to have them all written in one place where you can easily see them. This will help you prioritize and keep you from wasting time searching for various assignments. Additionally, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing things off your to-do list as you finish them!.

3) Schedule Everything

From studying to snack breaks, have a set time for it all. This will keep you from taking excessive breaks or forgetting to reward yourself with some downtime. Scheduling ensures that nothing gets left out and that everything gets done on time and without panic. While schedules are helpful, be careful not to pack your schedule too tight. Leave room for yourself to get behind or distracted by a Twitter notification. You are only human, account for that when planning all of your tasks.

4) Don’t Put it Off

This is by far one of the hardest parts of time management. Procrastinating gets the best of all of us but it is important to push through. Putting off your work will only make life twice as hard later. Motivate yourself with rewards whether it be candy or an episode of your favorite show on Netflix. Doing things early not only reduces stress, it also improves the quality of your work. You’ll be glad you got it done early in the long run, that’s for sure.

5) Take Time for Yourself

When working on time management, make sure to schedule time for you. Whether you like to watch Netflix, go out with your friends, or read a book – schedule time to destress. School is hard and we all need a chance to take a break, no matter how busy we are. Taking a break will allow you to rest, recharge, and refocus. Scheduling time to relax will ensure you are less likely to get distracted while working because you know that there will be a time to check social media.

Time management is so important, especially in college. Use these tips to stay focused, organized, and in control of your life, even through the dreaded finals week.

Lauren N
Lauren is one of our managing editors here at Future Female Leaders. When she is not editing FFL articles, you can find her color coding her whole life in her Lilly Pulitzer agenda. She's a southern girl who loves Hokie football and isn't afraid to be politically incorrect, so consider this your trigger warning.

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