College students inevitably have crazy schedules — we’re running to class one minute, balancing homework with partying, pulling all-nighters, and trying to find an hour or two to sneak in a nap. Routines are something that can seem almost impossible to a college student, but routines are, let’s face it, often necessary for being successful.
Here are some tips to help you get into a routine that won’t force you to pull all-nighters and skip that night out you’ve been planning for a week.
PICK A BED TIME AND STICK WITH IT.
Did you know that you are more likely to get better grades if you go to bed and wake up at similar times? Yep, it’s been tested and scientifically proven. So if you want to get good grades in college it will definitely be easier if you have a sleep schedule that you stick to.
2. GET USED TO BEING 15 MINUTES EARLY ANYWHERE YOU GO.
Being 15 minutes is on time, being on time is late, so the saying goes. If you want to impress, you should show up early. Don’t be that person who runs into class late. Your professors actually notice who shows up to class ready to learn.
Being early (aka on time) to interviews and real-world events will also impress potential employers — in fact, they’ll likely expect it. So it’s essential you start getting into this habit in college.
3. PLAN OUT YOUR MEAL TIMES.
Going an entire day without eating an actual meal will make you sluggish throughout the day. If you want to be preforming at full capacity you need to make time for yourself. That means taking the time to sit down and have breakfast, lunch and dinner.
4. SET PERSONAL DEADLINES FOR BIG ASSIGNMENTS.
Remember those days in high school when your teacher would set deadlines for a topic idea, thesis, bibliography, rough draft and final draft? Many professors in college won’t set these deadlines for you — they will expect a clean, revised copy of an essay by the due date written on the syllabus.