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Whether you’re just starting your first year as a freshman, or you’re an upperclassman on the way to graduation, time management is extremely important during your college career.  College comes with different classes, changing schedules, extracurricular activities, and loads of assignments and exams that are all due at different times. It can be easy to lose track of your tasks and ultimately fall behind and create unnecessary stress and work for yourself to catch up.  To improve the way you manage your time and daily tasks, follow some of these steps:

Map Out Your Priorities

With all of the different classes, tasks, and assignments you have due, your first step in managing your time properly is getting all of your priorities in order.  Think about what should be most important on your list, and set achievable goals. For example, prioritize to get your major assignments out of the way first. Generally, you’ll be given a syllabus with your assignments listed, so you can easily plan out what needs to get done, and when.  Try not to wait until last minute and cram everything together.

Create a Schedule and To-Do List

Once you prioritize your assignments and tasks, make a personal schedule for yourself so you have an organized way of getting things done.  Each day should have a separate to-do list so you can break your tasks down by the day. You can organize this on a weekly basis to make things easier and prepare yourself for possible adjustments that may need to be made.

Keep Yourself Motivated

Keeping yourself motivated is extremely important in school, and, when focusing on time management.  Getting too overwhelmed with things you have to do can hinder your motivation and drive. Always remember to focus on the things that make you happy and provide you with enjoyment outside of your school tasks.  Whether it’s social events such as hanging out with friends or focusing on yourself with activities such as fitness, cooking, or reading on your downtime. You can also break down the benefits of accomplishing each goal with a small reward for yourself; it will give you a reason to keep moving forward and give you something to looks forward to.

Know When You Need a Beak

Avoid burnout by knowing when you need a break.  Your tasks are important, but so is your mental health.  Try not to overwhelm yourself too much, and allow yourself to step back and take a break from what you’re doing whenever you feel like you need to.  Overworking can contribute to a lack of motivation, while ultimately decreasing your productivity level.