Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day? Tests are coming up and essays are due and there’s that group project you haven’t even started to think about. Trying to keep up with that and still have a social life is hard. Keeping up with school and friends and sleeping and eating enough? Basically impossible.
You don’t have to cut too many things out or wake up at the crack of dawn to try and fit everything into your day. Try planning your day and week and remember to do a few basic things every day like tidy up your off campus apartment or do one load of laundry. You might be able to get more done than you think!
Try using a physical planner. It takes less brain power to jot a quick reminder than it is to open an app and type out all the required fields. You don’t have to spend a small fortune on one either. Check out this cute printable planner on etsy for only $3.50!
If keeping up with plans and assignments in a physical planner doesn’t help you then make use of the calendar app in your phone. This will at least help you set reminders for homework and exams due. Having even just a 24-hour notice could be standing between you and a passing grade. Here are a couple of our favorite calendar and planner apps for iOS:
Try your hardest to get to bed at a reasonable hour. I know that’s a pretty typical piece of advice for this kind of thing and it often gets ignored. You don’t have to get too strict with it but at least try to think about that sort of thing when your friends want to go get fast food at 2am. Taco Bell will indeed be there tomorrow. This will do wonders for your attitude the next day. Everything feels stressful and impossible when you’re working on five hours of sleep or less. It’s also important to note that some people require more sleep than others and you should try to account for that when you plan out your day.
Multitasking is extremely useful as well. If you don’t have any plans to meet up with friends during a lunch break then try to find a spot on campus where you can take care of a few things. Start on that essay or finish a Spanish quiz. You could even do your work with some friends, but multi-tasking will help you later when you get back to your student apartment and it’s off-campus, away from school stuff and all you want to do is nap or hang out with friends. Just a few additions and changes to your day-to-day will help you get stuff done so you can do those things!