“How difficult is it to keep up with your schedule in college?”

—Katelyn, sophomore, Indianapolis, Indiana

Your schedule can be your best tool or your worst nightmare. The problem is that most people don’t know how to actually create a schedule. That’s right, your schedule isn’t just your classes and work. It can be everything you plan to do from meal prep to nap time. Many people just print off their class schedule and assume that that’s the only place they need to be and that everything else will work itself out. But being proactive in how you plan your day can give you a huge advantage (and more time for the fun stuff).

The first step to keeping up with your schedule is to make one. Factor in things that are important in college, such as:

  • Cooking/meal prep
  • Naps
  • Homework/studying time
  • Fun with friends
  • Campus events and activities (e.g., intramural sports, clubs)

Another great idea is to organize gym time with a buddy. That way you’ve scheduled physical activity into your week and you get to hang out with a friend. You may not find a schedule that works right away. Test how much sleep you get, when you can eat, and where you decide to study (I found out that, for me, the library isn’t always the best place to do homework). Plan a weekly schedule that’s also flexible, since things don’t always go as planned. For example, allot an extra half hour for cooking in case you run into a friend in the hall and you end up swapping notes about that algebra test.

I also find it extremely helpful to make a to-do list for things that need to get done by the end of the week. The list can consist of completing tasks such as doing an assignment or cleaning your room. A clean environment helps de-clutter your desk and mind, which makes it easier for you to focus on your awesome
university experience.

There are plenty of apps (ones that also link to your laptop) that allow you to make an online schedule and to-do list so you can always have it on the go!

+ Try the any.do app for creating to-do lists and tasks that can sync across your devices.

Ask the college student

The college student

John is a fourth-year student at Redeemer University College in Ontario, Canada.