How Can You Manage Your Time better?

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Ah college, a wondrous time filled with joy and fun. Hanging out with friends, going to parties and those sorority houses, god those marvelous places; and who can forget summer break when all the goods are out, no wonder they made all those movies and stuff.

Other than being a pervert my point, in general, is that college life is a lot of fun, but all these fun activities are mainly a distraction. A diversion that usually cause many students to lose a lot of productivity, already college puts a lot of burden on students with assignments, write ups, essays, papers and all of that academic load of ….well… you get the point; so managing the time between your social life and your academic one becomes like Melania Trump trying to write an original speech on her own…yeah not happening.

Most Time Management Apps and Methods are a Dud.

Sure we’ve all tried stuff online, downloaded apps and even tried out many different systems and methods for time management, but no dice. They don’t work at all, the only thing they do is give you a list of stuff that you couldn’t do, and that’s just depressing. But why they don’t work?

But Why Don’t Time Management Plans Work?

The real reason behind why none of the apps and plans for time management works is because they all have one common focus, they all focus on “Time”. You must be thinking; well isn’t that what they are supposed to do? Well yes and no. You see all the time management programs, apps and methods focus on “Clock Time” and like Albert Einstein stated clock time is irreverent.

(A moment of silence for all the folks who’ve bought a Patek Philippe, Piaget or an Audemars Piguet watch.)

Yep, clock time doesn’t mean squat and unlike we are lead to believe from childhood is not constant either. If you wanna know more about that, just search online for the “Atomic clock” experiment by Dr. James Chin-Wen Chou.

So What Are We Supposed To Manage?

So if time is irrelevant what are we talking about? Isn’t this article about how to manage your time for assignments and studies? Well, the time we are going to be discussing is “Real Time.”  Real time refers to the time we take doing tasks/activities every day like hanging out with friends, doing yoga or going to the guy, kickin it back with your girl(or boy) and yes, doing assignments and papers for college. We live in real time, and that is why no plan you’ve tried yet has worked.

So Let’s Get Down To Business!

So, let us teach you what you need to do to manage your time, real time. Haha… that kind of raped.

  1. Find out your Real Time.

As discussed before, you don’t live in clock time you live in real time so to manage real time; first find out what is your exact time. Real time is mental meaning you are the creator, plus it’s not that hard to manage something that you created. One of the best possible ways to find your real times is to make a kind of assessment of yourself for a week, carry a schedule and not down the following things;

  • How long it took you to complete your activities and tasks.
  • Which conversations take up most of your time?
  • How long it usually takes you to get your desired results?
  • And how, where, why and with whom you waste most of your time?

After you’ve completed this calendar, you’ll get to know how much real time you have per day, and so you’ll be able to distribute it among your regular tasks correctly. This in term will be an immense help in organizing your lifestyle and transform it into something much better suited for a busy college routine.


2. Not down which parts of your day are the most productive.

After you have an idea of which conversations, activities or papers require what amount of time the next step is to find out when to start doing them. For each student their productivity percentage throughout the hours of their day is different, for some students’ mornings are more fruitful and for others the afternoons, and can’t forget the night owls.


  • Make a To-do list.
  • Divide your day into 50-50, 50% work and 50% paly.
  • Remember to do the most important and challenging task when you have the most time during the day.
  • Assign initial and conclusion time for all of your activities. It would look something like; Study from 8 to 10, call Harris 10 to 10:30, then finish paper for college 11 to 1.
  • Brainstorm for 5 minutes before and after each activity/task; think about your desired outcome, so you know what success looks like and if you got it or not.

3. Make a “To-do list”.

There are seriously handful of ways you can make a good to-do list but before doing so you should keep in mind that;

  • What task has what importance and what to do with that information?

Firstly let me just put that out there that making a to-do list can increase your efficiency by 25%, as you have an outline of what tasks you need to complete today, and you don’t have to keep them in your head always thinking about em so your stress level decreases.  Use the standard ABC system for your list. Organize all your tasks of the day into three categories A, B, and C.


A: Most Important Tasks.

All the rush and final hour critical errands such as;

  • Paying the university fee on the last day.
  • Having to cover multiple chapters for an exam that’s in two or three days.
  • Or a sudden assignment that your boss gives at the last minute and wants it to done ASAP.

All fall under the A category.

B: Important and Personal Tasks.

The B category mostly contains all the everyday tasks we need to do; it mostly consists of all the tasks related to our personal and social life, and usually, these are the things we spent most of our time doing. They include;

  • Buying Groceries.
  • Our college studies.
  • Spending time with our loved ones.
  • Emails, texting, chatting and calls, etc.

Basically the other 50% of your life.

C: Extra Stuff and Hobbies.

In C you have all the things you do for fun or as a hobby, or you have a lot of time to do them, and you can use the time you have now on more urgent tasks. Some examples would be;

  • Going to the Gym.
  • Fixing the kitchen sink.
  • Watching you favorite TV series.
  • Or a paper that isn’t due for a couple of weeks.


  1. Plane for Interruptions and Distractions

When you’re making a timeline for any task, always make sure to add some extra minutes for interruptions and distractions. Don’t think that your college work will go without em cause there are hundreds of distractions all around us each day every day, stuff like Friends and family, TV, social media all are interruptions. So what to do?

  • Use “Do not Disturb” signs if necessary.
  • Add at least an extra 10 minutes in you timelines for distractions.
  • Each day take 30 minutes to evaluate how you’re going to spend your day.
  • While you’re working, don’t give anyone your immediate attention to anyone unless the situation calls for it.
  • Practice not answering unimportant calls, emails and other notifications. You don’t have to rush to check your phone every time it makes a noise.

Always Make Room for Breaks.

Worst mistake what most students make it they make a schedule that is way too filled up, and they don’t leave any room for breaks. You can’t do it all people, you need rest! So take a walk or read a book. Go hang out or whatever; otherwise, you’ll end up looking like Donatella Versace.

P.S: I was gonna put up a picture of her, but you guys honestly don’t need that.

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