In the last few weeks, I’ve been working on improving the College Compass newsletter. What used to be an update on new posts is now more of a resource guide for different points in the semester, with blog posts and free downloads included (to get on the list, you can subscribe here). I honestly look forward to sending out that email all week, because I’ve been getting amazing responses from you guys. I usually get a handful of emails in response, and a lot of them seem to be asking the same questions. That’s why today, I’m sharing a few of the questions I’ve been getting in a segment called Office Hours, where I answer your questions and give you advice on college life.
I’m a theatre student. Since we always finish late for rehearsals, I come home tired and still I have to do my homework and cram a lot. I really want to do my best for my grades but I can’t because I’m too tired. Can you give me any advice on time management and how to motivate myself?
– R, Philippines
Hey R! I was involved in a lot of extracurriculars when I was in high school and college, so I definitely know the feeling of not having enough hours in a day. Here are a few things you can try. #1 and 3 have been especially helpful for me!
1. Low-Density Fun to High-Density Fun
2. Time Budgeting
3. Early Morning Productivity
If you’re really struggling with the energy to work after theater, you could also try going to bed and waking up earlier, and doing your homework in the morning. Doing your work in the morning gives you more energy and focus for that work, and means that when you get tired after theater, you can use that time for your resting and fun. I just wrote a post on tips for structuring your morning routine for students — you can check that out here. You can also follow me on Nextbeat for daily morning motivation!
What’s your best tip for time management?
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