Finding a balance – how to keep everything together and meet deadlines?

One of the first lessons I learned when I came to college was that I have more free time than I did in high school, but I also have more things to do. I am not only taking classes at Hope, but I am involved in different jobs and student organizations. This is also the reality of most students at Hope College. There are over 60 student organizations and clubs that anyone can be part of on campus! Because of this, time management can become harder than it already is, and finding time for yourself can seem almost impossible. Therefore, I want to share with you some tips that have helped me to keep everything together and meet deadlines when I feel like I have zero time on my hands.

  1. Plan out your week in advance every weekend. Every Sunday, I like to take the time to plan out what my week will look like. Even though some plans might end up changing, making a tentative schedule to keep track of what my priorities are for the upcoming days makes me feel super productive and keeps me in the right mindset to start my week. 
  2. Use a calendar. If you like to write things down, getting an agenda is the way to go. As a tech lover, I use my phone all the time. I keep track of my assignment due dates, important meetings, or any event on Google Calendar. I cannot express in words how many times I have made it on time to an event thanks to Google Calendar (Seriously, it is a life-savior)! Using a calendar will definitely help you meet deadlines and organize your time more wisely. 
  3. Journal. In the midst of assignments, projects, work, and extracurricular activities, it is easy to get caught up in a hectic lifestyle. It is important to remember that we are still human beings and we need to take time for ourselves. Journaling helps me think about my feelings and reflect on my experiences. Relaxing for an hour or two is not bad at all! 

    It is important to find a balance between academics and personal life. To be successful in your college career, make sure you get organized and plan ahead; but also, you must take some time off and enjoy all the different activities to do around campus! 

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Published by Carmen Rodriguez Lobo

Class of 2022 Major: Computer Science Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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