One of the biggest challenges college students face is learning how to best manage their time. With classes, homework, extracurriculars and work, it seems that the to-do list is never empty. However, there are ways to manage your tasks and your time.
First, have a place where you keep track of all your appointments and commitments. This can be a planner, Google Calendar or another platform that allows you to take note of important dates and recurring meetings. Having all these commitments in one place will make it easier to plan your days out.
Second, keep track of all your assignments and coursework for each class. If your syllabi have course calendars on them, it can be helpful to print out those pages so you have all your due dates in one place. If you prefer to have your assignments online, consider making a spreadsheet or a Notion (a project management and note-taking platform) with all the assignments' names and dates in order by the due date.
Third, find your ideal study environment where you will learn best. This might be your bedroom, Atkins Library or even an empty classroom. You will likely be more productive if you are comfortable wherever you study. If you have a friend or classmate with a similarly daunting list, team up and work on your tasks simultaneously. This allows you to encourage each other as you work through your lists.
Lastly, remember to take a bit of time for yourself every day. At times, the number of tasks on your list may make this seem impossible, but reserving a bit of personal time for yourself is essential. How you spend this time is up to you: you can take a walk, go to the gym, call a friend or take a nap. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it is something that will energize rather than drain you.
You do not have to knock out your to-do list in one sitting. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a step back. Remember that your worth is not defined by the number of items on your to-do list or by your productivity. College is a marathon, not a sprint, so make sure you are setting yourself up for success in the long run.