As the spring semester picks up it is all too common for students to begin slowing down and looking forward to the end of another school year. While it may be tempting to procrastinate on classwork remember that by putting things off the work does not disappear, it just piles up. 

Avoid pulling all-nighters and becoming stressed while trying to catch up on neglected work. Instead, use these simple tips to stay on track throughout the semester.

 

Make Lists

List making is a simple and effective way to get organized. Being a college student comes with many daunting days, however, keeping faith and staying organized will help you through the most stressful of times. Plus, crossing tasks off a do-list is a great feeling! Write down your to-do list so that you have a visible reminder of the things you need to accomplish each day. If you practice daily affirmations each morning it’s a great idea to keep your day’s checklist nearby. Make checking the list the next step in your daily routine each day. 

 

Prioritize

It is not possible to accomplish tasks successfully without prioritizing things. Every class or club demands a certain amount of your time and some may be more significant to you than others. Don’t run around trying to do everything without prioritizing things. Use your to-do list and ensure that the most important things are being performed first. Don’t worry, everything will get done. 

 

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40: 30-31)

 

Manage your Time Effectively

It’s important to make the most out of every day. When you are determined to succeed, you will find time to do the things necessary to achieve success. Pay attention to what you’re doing between classes or when you’re sitting in your dorm after classes are over. Perhaps the time spent scrolling through social media or chatting with friends could be an extra 30 minutes of studying. Maximize the time you’re given and you’ll be surprised by how much more you’re capable of accomplishing.

 

Get Rid of Distractions

There are distractions everywhere. Between social media, friends, family, and phone calls, it seems that there is always someone or something demanding our attention. If you are not paying full attention to a task it can double the amount of time it takes to perform even the simplest thing. Get in the habit of turning your phone off while you study and you may even feel a bit of relief.