Learning how to manage your time can help you be more productive in what you are doing while keeping your anxiety and stress levels low. However, effective time management can be the hardest thing for us college students to achieve. Leaving work for last minute is called procrastination, and it is definitely one of the main struggles seen in college. Even though I now know the importance of learning how to manage your time in school wisely, I did not know when I first came to college, just like the majority of the other freshmen. The best way to overcome procrastination is by recognizing it and beating it. Do not give in into procrastination, start your work as quick as possible. The sooner you start it, the sooner you will be done with it. This kind of mentality is the mentality that will lead you to success in your class. Every class requires this skill. Especially when writing a paper or an essay. Why is this? Revision is essential for a top-notch written paper.

Normally, you will have to change your paper and make it better preferably about two or three times. Students, YOU WILL NOT ACHIEVE THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE. Be sure to give yourself the appropriate amount of time to revise it carefully. Revision is just one of the reasons why you should start your paper early. When you leave a short amount of time to write a paper, the stress and anxiety will affect you because of the deadlines you are supposed to meet. This can end in a bad result for your paper. Lack of information and important details as well as spelling and grammar mistakes are easy to appear in your paper when you rush through it.

Here are some tips for effective time management in your papers this upcoming year:

  • A schedule is indispensable to have some order in your paper.

When you know what you are going to do next, your ideas will be much more organized.

  • Divide the writing and research work into different parts.

It will be very useful if you have at least some of your information from the research done so that you know exactly what you are writing about.

  • Have a small break in between the time you work.

Mental fatigue will affect your writing. A good break while you are working will help you re-organize your ideas.

  • Proofread your paper at least 2 days before the deadline to turn it in.

Reading your paper various times a day will make you realize the mistakes you have made or the things that you want to change. Asking other students to read it and tell you their opinion on it is also a great way to know what you want to change.

  • Get enough sleep.

In college, procrastination can lead you to reducing your hours of sleep and that will make your brain tired. Good resting of your brain will help you with the ideas you develop for your paper.