College is an exciting, yet stressful new chapter in our lives. It can be hard to pinpoint exactly what you wish to accomplish in a given college week. Keep reading for an ultimate guide to how you can maximize your productivity during the college week!
Ultimate Guide to Maximizing Your Productivity During the College Week!
Step 1: Confirm your class schedule
This is the first step to making the most of your college week. At the beginning of every semester, there is usually a drop/add period where you can freely drop or add any class you want, as long as there is open seats.
My advice is to confirm your class schedule as soon as you possibly can so you can start making the best of your college week as soon as the 2nd or 3rd day of the semester.
This way, it will easier to follow on to the next step. After you are sure of your classes, pull out your college week scheduler that you can get FREE from my resource library (along with tons of other helpful life hand-outs, check lists and more things to help you become your best self!) and write the times under time, going hour by hour, starting at whatever time you plan to wake up.
Make sure you have enough space to write times for the full day, because you can not make the best out of your college week if you aren’t sure what you’re doing for the whole day!
Step 2: Break down specific tasks by type
Now that you know and recorded your classes on your scheduler, you should be able to clearly see where you do and don’t have time during the college week. For example, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have class from 12:30-3:15 then don’t have class again until 7pm. I am planning to use the time in between to go to the library and study.
Seeing your day hour by hour is really helpful when it comes to making the most out of your college week.
Breaking down your specific tasks by type is the next step in maximizing your time during your college week. In college, there are 4 main groups of activities you should strive to keep up with if you want to live your best life: study time, time for physical exercise, time for work, and free time.
Step 3: Add these specific time blocks to your schedule
After breaking your time into those 4 categories, make a list of all the things you can do in each set of designed time.
For example, for physical exercise you can schedule time to go to the gym, time to do yoga, time to go to a fitness class etc.
For free time, you can schedule time to nap, go to parties, hang with friends and so on.
And for time for work, if you have a job, just write the times where you are scheduled to work.
Once you are finished this, you can add these time blocks to your schedule. Instead of adding the specific tasks for each time block, just add the time blocks in your schedule as “free time”, “study time” and etc. I like to do it this way because it gives me the leeway to switch around what I do for each time block.
This is what works best for me, but if you do better with a rigid day-to-day schedule, my advice is to do what works best for you, as it is your college experience and the goal is that you make the best out of your college week!
The free college scheduler template is perfect because it will help you get a clear view what when you do and don’t have time to complete given tasks out the week!
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Step 4: Keep up with your college schedule but don’t beat yourself up if you mess up once
This is the most important step in maximizing your productivity during the college week. We are human, which means we are bound to make mistakes. Do not let one minor setback push you to throw away your schedule all together!
Take it as a learning lesson, then get up the next day and try again! “Fall 7 times, get up 8” – a Japanese Proverb
If you continue to make the same schedule mistakes over and over (ex. if you find that you are so tired you have to take a nap between 2-4 everyday but you have the gym scheduled) revamp your schedule!
The point of the schedule is to make the most out of your college week. You can’t do this if you are continuously doing the same thing and not seeing any results. That breeds insanity.
So if you mess up once, dust yourself off and try again.
If you keep messing up continuously, reevaluate your schedule and tailor it to what works for you. Trust me, this is the way better option than just expecting good results from the same failed routine!
Additional Tips to Maximize Productivity During the College Week
Here are some additional helpful tips to help you maximize your productivity during the college week!
1. Get a planner and write all your tasks down
I can not stress this enough! If you read any of my other college posts, one of the main recurring themes is GET A PLANNER, and become an AVID USER of that planner!
Planners are essential to maximizing productivity not only during the college week, but also in life in general! It is soooo much easier to know what you have to do during the day when you write it down!
There are also many different types of planners for the many different types of people in the world. Just get one, write down all your assignments and to-do’s and watch your productivity soar!
2. Take mental health days if you need to
College can be a very stressful time, for all of us. If you find yourself in a rut for more than 2 weeks, or find yourself so anxious it’s hard to get anything done, taking a mental health day might be what you need.
What is a “mental health day”? It is simply a day where you ignore all your outside obligations and focus solely getting back to a healthy mental state.
I know it may seem daunting, to forget all about college for a day or so. “What about my assignments, my grades … yadda yadde yadda”. But I can assure you that taking one day off is way better than taking no days off, then having a mental breakdown and then having to take weeks off (this has happened to me).
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, just take a break. You can even inform your professors that you won’t be in class if that makes you feel more comfortable with skipping.
I actually took a mental health day today, and I am so grateful I did. I didn’t go to work, because I was feeling off. Now I feel a lot betterand I am ready to take on the weekend and next week, because I now know what I need to do to prevent myself from feeling the way that I did through self reflection.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, do not ever forget that. What sense is a degree if you drive yourself literally insane?
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3. Save your money
This tip for maximizing your college week isn’t directly related to productivity, but is equally as important. As a college student, you are literally in your most vulnerable money wasting years.
Try your hardest to save money in college, by spending the bare minimum each week. If you don’t have a source of income but need one, check out my post on 5 easy ways you can make extra money as a college student.
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I hope that these steps and additional tips help you on your journey to maximizing productivity during the college week! The more you can get done during the week, the less you have to worry about during the weekends and into the next week!
I truly believe one of college’s hidden purposes is to teach students how to maximize their productivity. With all the classes, assignments, projects, extracurricular activities and more there is no way a person will be able to be succeed at all of these things without properly managing their time!
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