There are genuine reasons when you are late for college and then there are pathetic excuses. When you find yourself making those excuses time and again then you know you are in trouble. Why? Because as innocent as it may seem in college and as expertly as you may be warding off your teachers’ angry look, lack of time management can soon become a habit. A habit which can be hard to break.
The best way to avoid a situation where time management keeps pestering you and those near you is to take some simple, yet effective measures, now.
Go to bed early
Stating the obvious, but going to bed early will mean getting up early. Most of us have twisted our body clock to be a night owl. However, moving your fingers over your phone’s screen won’t do you as good as attending classes after a good night of sleep.
Keep your phone aside. The light emitted by your phone and other such devices can damage your sleep pattern and make it harder for you to fall asleep. Instead, read something or maintain a journal and write in it before going to sleep. It will tire you out effectively and help you sleep.
Putting the alarm away
No, no, don’t get any ideas. I don’t mean putting the alarm clock away and abandoned. What I mean is that set the alarm and keep the alarm clock away from the bed, so that you cannot keep hitting the snooze button easily. Keep it across the room or somewhere from where you can hear it, but will have to make the effort of getting out of bed to put it off.
It is hardest to leave your warm and cozy bed in the morning (I understand, I share the strongest bond with my bed). Therefore, once you get out of bed, 75% of your battle against lack of time management will be won.
Avoiding the last minute rush
Instead of spending your time rummaging into the cupboard looking for things or running around to iron your clothes, get it all done the night before. Pack your bag and keep all important things like your books, notebooks, pen, wallet inside. Don’t leave it for the morning.
If you are fond of makeup then clean your makeup brushes and organize everything before you hit the bed. This way you won’t have to look everywhere at the last moment for your makeup kit. You can also decide your earrings and sandals once you have put out the clothes you want to wear.
Keep your room tidy
Yes, a tidy room has got a lot to do with nailing the art of time management. A neat and clean room will make you feel better and more organized. It will also make it easier to find things in a room where everything is arranged neatly rather than in a room where you have to struggle to walk around without stepping on something or the other.
Take the time to travel into consideration
Traffic conditions are rarely ever ideal. You might not find transport in time, or there might be a traffic jam. You never know the various but probable reasons which might delay you. So, take the maximum time to travel into consideration. Treat time as nemesis rather than a friend.
Keep these seemingly simple tips in mind, and you won’t be late again. Starting your day early can make you more productive. So, start early, study, do internships (both virtual internships and otherwise) through the day and make the most of your college life. These tips will also help you during your summer internships or winter internships when the time comes.
Time management will not only get you to class early but will help you understand things better and keep your teachers impressed. To read more such college hacks, you can browse through the Letsintern blog. You can also learn about the best internships there and make an account to get in touch with the recruiters.