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How To Create a Schedule & Stick to It

It can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of responsibilities and end up losing your balance. Between school, friends, sports, and free time, there’s a lot you’re expected to keep track of. Making a schedule can help you out, but there’s also the issue of sticking to that schedule. The Link Evanston has created a handy list of tips for creating and following a schedule.

Be Realistic With Yourself

It might look good on paper to set aside four straight hours for studying a day, but in practice, you may be unlikely to keep up such a harsh regimen. Know your limits and study habits before scheduling study times. Do you study better in short bursts? Set aside two hours and include several fifteen-minute breaks in between half hours of studying. You don’t want to risk getting burned out – it might make you less likely to stick to your schedule in the future.

Don’t Overload Days

Make sure you’re paying attention to your class, work, or sports schedules when setting aside time for studying, cleaning, and relaxation time. Maybe you’re planning to spend two hours a day studying throughout the week, but that might be harder to stick to on a day when you’ve already been to four classes and a club meeting. Stagger your study times according to how busy your day looks – give yourself a break on heavier days and make up for that time on lighter days.

Leave Some Time Unaccounted For

You may be tempted to rigidly plan out every hour of your day. If your schedule is overly strict, it can actually cause even more stress if you end up not sticking to the correct amount of time you’ve allotted yourself. Space out your time blocks at least fifteen minutes apart and take travel times into consideration. You might also want to leave an hour or two of wiggle room in case an activity ends up taking longer than you expected.

Keep it Updated

It can be easy to start running on autopilot once you’ve made your schedule, especially during a busy time. Make sure your schedule is up-to-date. Is a club meeting at a different time or not at all? Does this affect the time you’ve allotted for friends? Take a moment each morning to think about what your day looks like and if your schedule actually reflects that.

We hope these tips will help you in scheduling days. For more information about college and college town life, check out The Link Evanston’s blog.

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