Hey guys! Welcome back. As you may know college is starting very soon. We will be going back to our busy schedules and getting things done. All the stress and exhaustion is returning. But what if I told you there was a way to reduce some of that stress while getting even more done in an effective way? That’s right. It’s possible. I want to share with you how I plan my time and the tools I use to get there.

First and foremost, get a planner. I know everyone tells you this, but I promise there is a reason for it. But don’t buy just any old planner. Invest in one you are actually going to use. It is so important and necessary for you to have a planner you are excited about using or else you simply won’t. Trust me. I’ve been there.

Once you have your planner, write everything in it. As soon as you get your syllabus, get a colored pen and write everything for that class in your planner. Seriously. Write down everything. It’s super helpful. Things may change, but you can change them later.

After things are written in your planner, open your computer and get on your Google Calendar. I recommend doing this either by week or month. I do it by month because that’s just easier for me, but find what works best for you. The thing I love about Google Calendar is that it allows me to do something I can’t do in my planner which is time-blocking. Google Calendar shows each day and all the time in that day. So hour by hour you can mark things in and see exactly how much free time you have. It’s a great visual to just how busy you are. This is great because then you can work in things like working out, eating, sleeping, showering, watching TV, working on assignments, hanging out with friends, meetings, work, and more. I know that’s a lot, but that’s college friend. Having this calendar will be helpful in organizing all of that so you aren’t overwhelmed.

Everyday I make a to-do list. I write things that need to be done, things that need to be worked on, things that need to be worked on but aren’t pressing, and everything else such as planning and organizing my time. This just helps me because I enjoy writing everything out so I have a full grasp on what needs to be done.

That is how I plan my time. I know it seems like a lot, but it really is super helpful. If you are going to skip anything, skip the to-do list. Don’t skip time-blocking. It seems complicated and time-consuming, but I promise it’s not. Planning is super important when it comes to being successful in college. Time management is the glue that keeps us together. So when it comes to doing it in an effective, user-friendly way, this is the way to do it. You can customize it to whatever works for you, but keeping up with your schedule is important and necessary.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you find this helpful. Please like it if you do. Leave any questions you have in the comments as well as any requests you have for future posts. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!

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