I’m entering my senior year at college this fall, and if I’ve learned anything it’s that school is not easy. Between athletics, clubs, hanging out with friends, and generally enjoying the freedom of living on your own, it can be hard to find enough time for academics. Here’s a little secret that I picked up during my school days that might help you stay on top of your work: stop waiting for the perfect moment, because it won’t happen! There will never be that “Ah-ha!” moment when you have all the time in the world to sit down and study and finish projects and write papers. And even if there was you probably would not feel motivated and willing to do it. Just bite the bullet and get started, because it truly is the hardest part.
Rather than hanging out on your iPhone between classes or waiting for a ride, get out some work and get started. Use every second you’re given. I know from experience how important this is, and I can tell you that I’ve made many nights much longer than they needed to be by not doing this. I would get out of class at 4 and have a club meeting at 5, giving me an hour in between. I would decide that I really couldn’t get much done in that time, and instead play a video game or something like that. You’d be surprised at how much you can get done in an hour. Doing work at that time might give you another hour to sleep and trust me, you’ll thank yourself the following morning.
The best way to stay productive at college is to stay diligent. All that work can seem daunting at first glance, but if you stay on top of it, you can knock it out and still have time for all the other activities you want to do.
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