How to Multitask in College
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College is tough and I don't mean just academically. Aside from making sure your GPA is on point, you have organizations, Greek life, sports, internships, jobs, and the responsibility of living on your own and making new friends.
There is a lot of pressure on college students. Employers are looking to hire people with 2-3 years of experience and an impressive resume just for an entry level position.
I find it hard to juggle everything from time to time. I have those days where I just want to curl into a ball and watch the entire first season of "Younger" instead of dealing with my responsibilities.
So, how do you deal with it all? What is the underlying secret to conquering it all? Here is what I've found works the best.
If you don't take the time to just press the pause button, then "you are going to run yourself dry." It is an expression my mom always used to say and it is very much true. It is important to remember that you are only human. Things won't always be perfect, and it is ok to say no.
Put aside the time to hang out with some friends, read a book, or take a nap. By putting aside the time to make your well-being a priority, you will go a lot further throughout school. It is so easy to just skip both meals and sleep as a college student. After talking to some of my friends, I realized that a lot of the times it is completely normal. This is something that needs to change.
When you have so much going on for yourself the best thing you can do is decide which things are the most important. Entering college I thought I could be superwomen. I joined my student government, school newspaper, Society of Professional Journalists, two part-time jobs, and was pursuing a sorority all on top of my full course load. Needless to say, I found out what it was like to be burnt out quick. When you put so many things on your plate you feel as though you're accomplishing a lot, but in reality, you are spreading yourself thin. By having so much to do you aren't able to give things your all-- this is why it is helpful to know what is important to you.
Ask yourself: do I really need to go these meetings or am I just there for the free pizza? Should I go out with my friends tonight or stay in and study for that exam in the class I'm failing.
Make a list of your goals and how you can achieve them then correspond them to the things you are involved in. Once you have a clear look at where you want to be and what can help you get there you are golden. It is completely ok to drop some clubs or even classes if it is too much for you. Knowing how to prioritize your time is a lot more efficient for you to know than to be a part of everything under the sun.
I cannot stress this one enough. Make sure you are organized. By having a spot for everything, you will provide yourself with mental clarity. Being organized takes a lot of stress off your plate. Think of it this way, if you have a class in five minutes and you can't find your textbook you are going to get anxious and most likely be late. Plus, if you never find it then you are missing out on some material in class which will effect your grade.
The best way I found to be organized is by using a planner. I take mine with me everywhere. My planner holds all my important dates, class assignments, and random notes throughout the day. By having a planner I remember things a lot easier than if I were to make a mental note. It may sound corny but my planner is my life.
My friend Tori over at Chase the Write Dream created an awesome workbook meant to completely dominate your college experience. I really recommend checking it out. There are 22 pages meant to help you tackle every part of your college experience and guide you on the way to success. Workbooks can be a great tool to organizing your college experience.
College is a time for discovering who you are and getting involved, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. Follow the tips above and you will be a great multitasker in college.