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How to Make More Time

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Do you know you need to make more time during your busy college days, but aren't sure how to go about doing it? Check out the 5 steps below to make more time -- especially when doing so seems most impossible.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Cut out some cocurricular involvement. It may not seem fun or easy, but cutting out some of your cocurricular involvement will undoubtedly help you make more time. Don't want to step away from the things you love most? See if you can step back your responsibility in each club, sports team, etc. You can always step up your involvement later when you have more time to give.
  2. Cut down on the amount of socializing you do. You might be surprised to learn just how much time you spend socializing. However, don't cut it all out -- that big fancy brain of yours needs a break, after all. But do try to keep in mind how long you're spending in social situations when your time might be better spent elsewhere. Consider tracking for a week how much time you spend just kickin' it to look for patterns of where you can trim here and there.
  3. Change where you work as well as when. You may know you work best at night -- but you've been trying to study in your residence hall, where focusing can be difficult. Or you may know you work best in the morning but have been up too late cramming to be able to get out of bed before noon. Changing both when and where you work can increase your efficiency at things like papers, studying, and reading, meaning you'll have more time at the end of the week to use toward other things. Try finding a new place to study or shifting your schedule around.
  4. Limit multi-tasking to only 1 or 2 things. Your goal -- that is, your homework, your reading, your take-home midterm -- is your primary thing to focus on. After that, everything else is a distraction. Trying to multi-task while working on your goal means you'll take longer to do it and won't do it nearly as well as you would otherwise. Cut out everything else you have going on -- like checking your email, texting on your phone, and IMing on Facebook -- and focus on the task at hand. You just might surprise yourself with how much quicker things progress.
  5. Study with a friend. Everyone knows that friend who is not good to study with because they are a distraction. Find a friend who is the total opposite: great to study with, focused, smart, and good to bounce ideas and questions off of. Chances are, they'll enjoy working with someone who can keep them focused, too. And if you set a study or homework session time with someone else, you'll be much less likely to break it -- meaning you'll get your work done when needed and have more time as the week goes on.

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