There isn’t a better feeling in the world of a college student than that of which the anticipation of the weekend imposes. Monday begins as a drag – you think of anything that will get you through the day. Tuesday is kind of awkward because it’s the day after Monday and you’re trying to figure out how it seems relevant to the week. Wednesday, also known as “hump day,” serves as the buffer to the pre-weekend day known as Thursday, in which you decide on what you’re going to do all weekend. And then Friday hits: your class ends and the fun ensues.

But then, all of the sudden, the weekend is over. It’s Sunday night and you’re wondering where the last two days went. You’re also wondering why you didn’t get all of the stuff done throughout the week, all of which you have to do in one night.

Here are some tips for making the most of your week so that you can be as productive as possible before the weekend fun begins.

Make a weekly to-do list

If you lay out your entire week, complete with everything that you need to get done by the end of the week and when you need to get them done by, you’re giving yourself a guideline to go by. You’ll be able to section out your time for the things that you’ll have to get done. Some things that you’ll need for this:

  • A pen
  • Some paper
  • Your calendar (Google or your planner)
  • Your thinking cap
  • Possibly class syllabi for deadlines

It’s that simple. It could even be easier if you decide that you want to do it electronically via a word document, eliminating the pen and paper.

Set small goals and reward yourself

I always think that rewarding yourself for some of the small goals is necessary- it reinforces the idea that something will come out of all the work that you’re doing. If you tell yourself at the beginning of the day that you want to get all of your homework for a calls done by the time that your favorite TV show starts later on that night, you’ll be more motivated to do it. This does require a little bit of self-discipline. If you don’t possess that, it might be a good idea to acquire some. It’s a great characteristic to have as a college student.

Plus, you’ll be able to reward yourself with having fun at the end of the week if you reach all of those small goals. Always a plus!

Stay focused

This is the hardest thing on the list to accomplish. But if you keep your eyes on the prize (which in this case could very well be partying or relaxing on the weekends), you’ll be motivated to get those things done. Your weeks will fly by and you’ll be producing some great content throughout your weeks, resulting in good grades, some time for yourself, and some fun in the end!

What are some things that you do to get through the week?