Time Management: How to Keep Your Nights Out Intact

27 February 2012

Wing Night, Two for One Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Tower Hour Thursday, then comes the weekend. It seems like class is the last thing we came to New Paltz for.

Fill your planner as much as you can!

The campus is located right in town. The walk to Main Street is about 10 – 20 minutes depending on whose house we’re leaving from and how high my shoes are that night.

The bar scene is big here; but even if you’re not into that, its not hard to find a party. There’s always something to do other than your class work, making it extremely easy to fall behind.

I don’t slack on my nights out, but I still manage to earn my fair share of A’s.

If you don’t want to cut back on your nights out, there are a few simple things to do to keep you in check. Some may seem obvious, but many people look past them:

Create a reward system for yourself.

I was never the overachiever in high school. I got my good grades without even thinking twice.

I knew things had to change once I started college, and I made sure to do so. I realized that if I wanted to go out one night, I’d have to spend all day doing work. If I didn’t get a certain amount of work done, I’d push my going out time back until I finished.

Invest in a Planner

Using preferably a notebook that you can always carry around, write down everything you have to do for the week. Keep filling it in as you plan more things.

That way you know you’ll have enough time to get from one place to another and stop for a quick meal.

Fill up a Planner

Someone once told me, “If you have something you need to get done, give it to a busy person.” If you don’t have much to do, you’re more likely to push everything off until later.

Don’t slack on any of your schoolwork, incorporate regular meals into your day and maybe even pick up a new club or job. Putting more on your plate will help you regulate your daily activities.

Once you’re in the routine, you’ll get used to it.

Set earlier deadlines for yourself

Knowing you still have a few days ahead of you for that paper isn’t going to motivate you to get it done earlier. Write down in your planner that you have to have it done a few days earlier.

When it’s done, you’ll have time to revise it. And if that’s not going to motivate you, you’ll have more time to sleep and party if you get it done early.

Use the Self Control App

My friend introduced this life changing Mac app to me. Okay maybe not life changing – and it may make you a little aggravated – but it will certainly pay off.

Screenshot of the “Self Control” app

Type in the URL, click download now (Don’t worry, it takes a quick second) and your app will appear. You can add websites to the blacklist that will most likely distract you, select a time period, and for that time you will be blocked from visiting those sites.

I don’t have a PC so I’m not sure what can work for those, but I’m sure you can search on Google for something similar. Here’s the Mac app, aka the secret to your straight A’s to come.

Pack snacks to avoid distractions

Whether you’re sitting down studying or on the run, an empty stomach can slow you down.

And if you run into a few friends while you stop to eat, you can just forget about what was on your mind before that. Pack snacks and meals you can whip out to stay focused.

There’s plenty of other ways to manage your time, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Try these simple steps and let me know how it goes. Don’t give up without trying hard enough, but if it doesn’t work we can figure something else out!

For more honest insight, check out this post:
A Day in the Life of a Procrastinator

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