It’s back to school time, and that means getting back into a groove with your schedule. I’m going to give you a few tips on how to do that so that you can maximize your schedule and give yourself the best opportunity to be successful this semester.

Use a planner or Google calendar

I personally use Google calendar for everything that I plan, which includes classes, work times, meeting times, workout times, and so on. It’s the easiest thing to do in the world once you get the hang of it, and especially if you don’t have a ton of things to do. You can set things to repeat each week so that you don’t have to go through and plan each day individually (that would take forever) and you can even color code everything based off of what the activity may be.

Some people also like to use the physical planners, which is great. I know people who even use both online and physical copies of planners to plan out their lives. Whichever one you choose to use, make sure that it works for you. Some people use one better than the other; that’s the one that I advise you to use so that you can maximize your schedule.

Plan some time for yourself

This is so important: finding balance throughout your days. If you’re like me and you have classes and work pretty much every single day, it’s necessary to find time for yourself. For some, that may be scheduling time with friends. For others it may be planning a few trips to the gym every week. Whatever it may be for you, make sure that you make it a priority. This is key if you don’t want to burn out half way through the semester.

Try to stick with it

I know that life happens. It happens to all of us. There is never really a way that you can stop the unexpected from happening. So because of that, make sure that you add some flexibility to your schedule. If you know that you’re going to have classes back to back to back on a certain day and you want to eat in between times, make sure that you schedule that time somewhere that it fits best for you. I know how easy that it is to forget to eat because of how busy you may be and you’ll pay for it later on in the semester.

Try to stick with everything that you’re setting your mind (and schedule) to. You’ll thank me later for this one because you’re learning how to make things a habit and you’re learning the value  of time all at the same time.

Take all things into account

The last thing that you want to do is forget about something that you’ve committed to, or something that you know that you want to be a part of. Make sure that you take all things into account before you solidify your schedule. The most important things to the average college student would be:

  • Classes
  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Sleeping

Did I miss anything?

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