Time Management Tips for College Students

Hi! Welcome back to my blog!

With the spring semester coming soon to Elon (and with it already having started for many other schools) I wanted to get more college-related content on here! Today I’m sharing with you 5 tips for time management. Being productive while at school is super important. I feel like I rarely have days with absolutely no homework. Even if I don’t have homework I have blog stuff to keep track of so I constantly have a running to-do list. If you want to know my top tips for time management keep on reading!


Having a long to-do list can be super intimidating. It’s easy to look at everything you need to do and get overwhelmed. Then you end up accomplishing none of the things on the list. Instead of looking at your to-do list and giving up, choose 2 or 3 things that you definitely want to accomplish that day. That way you aren’t wasting time staring at a long list trying to figure out where to start while getting nothing done. Once you finish those tasks you’ll probably feel more motivated to keep working on your (now smaller) to-do list!


If you need to sit down and get shit done, try to put your phone somewhere else so you’re not tempted to go on social media. Another thing you can do is have a set time of day every day where you don’t go on social media. This block of time frees you up for getting work done.


If you have a lot of studying or reading to do, set up a reward system to keep you motivated. You can do things such as one episode of your favorite Netflix show after you finish one class’s work (only if you know that you can actually watch only one episode), or allow yourself to indulge in some sweets after a certain amount of studying.


This method of time management has been around for some time. It was created by Francesco Cirillo and named after his tomato-shaped timer! Basically, you choose a task to focus on and set a time for 25 minutes. During the time you work on the task without any distractions. When the timer is up you reset it for 5 minutes and take a break. Once that’s done you go back to 25 minutes of work and so on – super simple. My professor had us do this in class last semester when we were working on our projects and I found it extremely helpful.


Having a daily routine that you stick to will help you know what times you have to get things done. This way you don’t have the stress of trying to figure out when you’ll be able to work, you’ll already know! Having a morning routine you do every day will also set you up for success and allow you to have a productive day afterward!

Those are my top 5 tips for time management! Even if you’re in high school or out of college these tips can be helpful to you. If you have any other time management tips you live by leave them in a comment! Also, if you liked this post, be sure to head to my homepage and subscribe to emails and follow me on Instagram @mainly.mackenzie!

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