Five Time Management Tips For Working College Students

Steff Holloway

22 January, 2018

Time management can be a real test when you are a working college student. There are two different schedules-one for college and the other for work. Finding a balance between these two schedules is one of the most stressful aspects of working along with college. However, with the right time management strategy, one can cope effectively with this work-college life imbalance; because no one lacks time, all they lack is a strategy to manage it.

Tips to Manage Time in a Work-College Life

There are many working students who put every last effort into managing their work and college schedules and still fail. If you are one of them, don’t fret! We have some quality tips that will help you organize your work-college life. Here we go!

#1. Set an Available Work Schedule

When working along with college, there is no way your work schedule will chime with your schedule at college. To sort out this dilemma, it will be effective to find an available slot in your college timetable and utilize that for work. Don’t hesitate to make the management at work aware of your college routine; request them to arrange your work shifts around your college schedule. All organizations offer students the liberty to choose a work routine that best fits their college needs. Most schedules suggested by organizations work fine for students working part-time. But if you are working full-time, it will be wise to format your schedule in such a way that multiple classes can be taken in a single day. This will save you a couple of off-days in a week; you can use this time to study, work or relax your mind. Thus, you can keep your job from disrupting your college education.

#2. Prioritize (College is Important)

For effective management of your time, it is essential to get your priorities right. For an ideal student, a college education has to be the topmost priority; it determines the future of the student. Working part-time (occasionally full-time) to meet the expenses of college education holds little significance when compared to education. Moreover, a college education is also expensive and requires your attention and quality time. Therefore, it is important not to let the extra cash inflow from work cloud your judgment.    

Pay attention to what is taught in class. Staying focused in class can save you a great deal of valuable time. Most students (who are prone to distractions) are tempted to taking notes absentmindedly and leaving the comprehension part for a later time in the day. At the end of the day, it will be challenging dealing with this load of jumbled ideas and concepts with a mind addled by work. Try to block out distractions to finish your classwork early on so that you can devote the rest of your time to work.

It is essential to know when to overtime. If you have some classwork left to attend to, remind the authorities in the organization that you will not be available for overtime.

#3. Set Up a Study Schedule

Your education deserves a designated time that is specifically devoted to it on a daily basis. Therefore, if you have a consistently hassle-free routine, allot a certain amount of your daily time to your studies. It doesn’t matter how small or big that amount is. You can make this decision based on your daily requirements. But make sure that you only study in the time slot. The point of this time distribution is to assure that your education does not suffer due to your work and you don’t  become all stressed out over the lack of time to study.   

In case you don’t have a sufficient time period available to study, you can always rely on your break time at work. Instead of squandering this time texting and chatting with people/co-workers, make its meaningful utilization to study. Grab a copy of your handy textbook and give it a read. This period of 20-30 minutes can make a considerable difference when every second counts.

#4. Eliminate Distractions

Little can be achieved in life without sacrifices. It is time to make some sacrifices- to throw distractions out of your life. Dare to say no to your favorite distractions, e.g., smartphones, tablets, and TV.

After a long day at work, it is easy to think that we deserve some fun time. And we end up doing 4-5 hours of watching TV or playing games. Now the time that we vowed to devote to studying is spent, and we still have that research paper due tomorrow that we did not attend to.

To effectively manage your time, it is crucial to know how much time you can spend on entertaining yourself. Yes, you are entitled to enjoyment and relaxation. We all are. But in the pursuit of one’s dreams/goals, one has to make sacrifices and cut short on pleasure time and utilize it in a meaningful way.

#5. Keep Procrastination in Check

The human tendency to procrastinate does not sit well with time management. We all find ourselves putting things off for a later time because we find them boring or challenging. Instead, we fill this gap in our brains with tasks that seem rather easy and exciting, e.g., playing games, watching TV, etc.

In order for effective time management, take control of your tendency to procrastinate. Set a specific time spectrum for work. Insert all your work-related tasks in this spectrum. Focus on the task at hand and not on the task ahead; it will not overwhelm your mind. This helps in dealing with the sense of anxiety that builds when we see work as a big chunk of tasks and start doubting our ability to accomplish it.

Sometimes it is useful to think of the consequences of not being able to finish the tasks. This fear may make you uncomfortable, but it overpowers your procrastination tendencies. At the end of the day, you will be grateful for it.

These were our top five time management tips for working students. Follow these tips and give yourself the gift of a healthy and productive college life. We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any doubts/queries you would like us to know about, do share them with us. We’d be glad to be of assistance. And good luck with your lives!