How To Avoid Feeling Like A Zombie In College
[By: Cristina Lobo-Guerrero
Posted: Oct. 9, 2017]
Am I the only one who keeps on waking up with bags under my eyes and a continuous zombie-like feeling? It seems like no matter how much you sleep or how productive you are, 24 hours in a day never seems enough. Whether you’re a freshman, senior or graduate student, we all seem to have trouble managing our time.
According to a survey by “Cengage Learning” 53 percent of students say they have a harder time managing their time in college than they did in high school. By managing your time wisely, you are more likely to have better and more constant study habits. This same study states that 88 percent of those surveyed are not willing to change their study habits.
Here are a few tips for time management I’ve found to be effective:
- Learn How To Say No
I’ve been in your same position, and learning to say no was difficult for me too. When the best party of the semester is next weekend, say NO to partying that week. That time your significant other invites you for dinner but you haven’t finished your reading assignment, say NO. Learn how to make time for your friends and social activities while prioritizing your classes. Make to do lists and cross off everything you’ve accomplished. Knowing you’ve already progressed on your chores will get you motivated to keep on working.
- Go Outside
According to “Sparkpe,” being active increases oxygen flow to the brain and increases brain neurotransmitters. This makes it easier for students to learn faster and in different ways. Therefore, being more proactive with their time. Find 30-45 minutes per day to exercise. If you’re not the sporty type, go walk your dog or take a stroll around campus once per day. Enjoy some time for yourself, by yourself.
- Keep A Planner
It might sound like a hassle to write down everything you’re assigned because
“everything appears on the syllabus,” but writing down exactly what you’ll do every day helps you keep track of what you’ve done and what you still have to do. This will let you know how much time you have left for each task. For those obsessive-compulsive minded people like me, you’ll understand how satisfying it is to cross things off your daily list.
- Get Enough Sleep
Can you imagine anything worse than waking up to the annoying sound of an alarm going off? That’s only a setback when you’re not well rested. Not everyone needs eight hours of sleep per night. Figure out how many hours of sleep will get you fully active the next day. This will help you be completely productive during the day, avoiding all nighters and last-minute cramming sessions.
Now here’s the final tip for success in college: sleep more than you study, study more than you party. This recipe will let you have a bunch of fun in college while doing everything required academically. As Admiral William H. McRaven said in UT’s commencement speech in 2014: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another…”