BY MELISSA BURNS
When you first start studying in college, you may feel that the day just doesn’t hold enough hours for you to do everything you are supposed to do. The rise in the amount of work to deal with is just too high when compared to high school, yet some people seem to be doing alright. How?
We are happy to say that 9 times out of 10 achieving success in college has nothing to do with talent. It is all about organization – and here are some techniques that will help you get better at it.
1. Set Your Priorities Right
Here is a truth for you to chew on: there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do what is most important. If you feel that you don’t have enough time for your studies, it means that you don’t put them high enough in your hierarchy of priorities. When you distribute your time, you give preference to other activities, whatever they are: dealing with other responsibilities, your part-time job, socializing, resting, etc. If you want always to be ahead of the game you should decide right now that studying is the most important thing you do and should always be at the head of the line when you give out your time. So the next time you get free time, treat it as a good reason to do some extra studying, not as a pretext to go hang out.
2. Know when to Ask for Help
Some assignments are just too difficult to deal with them on your own. Or, rather, you still can complete them without help, but it is likely to take disproportionately long when compared to their relative importance. In such situations, the best way to save time and energy is to get in touch with an academic assistance service like SolutionInn and get some expert help.
3. Break up Large Tasks
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Follow this philosophy in everything you do, but especially when you encounter a particularly huge and mind-numbing project. Tackling it as it is may seem like an insurmountable task, which is bad both from an organizational point of view (you don’t know where to start) and in terms of motivation (the size of the job discourages you from even trying and causes you to put off dealing with it for as long as possible). Thus, when dealing with big projects divide them into multiple small parts and work on them one at a time.
4. Find Use for Every Minute of Spare Time
We all have much more time on our hands than we think we do, and a huge portion of it is wasted on various small intervals and fruitless waiting: standing in a line, waiting for a bus, etc. Make sure you have the means to make use of every one of these intervals. Be ready to read a couple of pages when you are waiting on a bus stop. Listen to your audio materials when you are waiting but have nowhere to sit down. These intervals may seem short and unimportant, but minutes turn into hours and hours into days of the time that is otherwise wasted. Find a use for it.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that you have enough time to achieve all your goals and more. You merely have to learn how to organize it and use it to maximum efficiency. College is as good a place to learn these skills as any – and if you manage to master them, they are going to help you throughout your life.
Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Follow her @melissaaburns or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org