School is finally in full swing at the University of Waterloo. We have officially been in classes for two weeks and I can definitely say that I'm starting to feel the pressures of being a university student. I have a lot of extracurricular activities that I need to balance along with being a full-time student in a new joint program, blogging and maintaining a social life, it can be difficult to find time for everything. Proper time management is a great skill that many people learn for the first time in college. Being in a sorority and holding an exec position definitely helped me better schedule my semesters better, which is great for my stress levels. 

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

If you don't have an agenda, I highly suggest you pick one up! I like using planners that are colourful and bright, instead of the plain and advertisement-filled ones that universities give out for free, that's just me though. Feel free to use what ever kind of planner you like. At the end of the day, you just need something to write down all your schedules and lists.

The first thing you need to write in your agenda is your contact information, preferably on the back of the cover. In the of-chance your planner were to go missing, you want to make it easier for the kind soul who wants to return your agenda back to you.

Now skip to your month-at-a-glance and add all of your big events and due dates for each month of the semester. For me, I write in my assignment/test dates, recruitment week, volleyball games, and appointments.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

Next, we've made it to the weekly view pages. Here, you want to put information such as classes, volleyball practices, gym times, and meetings. If there is ever a chance that I run out of lines to write on or I need to make a to-do list, I put a post-it note on that day, and continue writing on that. Write down everything you get as you get them. Syllabus information, tasks, appointments, anything -- write them in your agenda as soon as you're aware of them. This avoids anything accidentally falling through the cracks or any chances of you forgetting.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

In addition to my agenda, I also keep an electronic copy of my daily schedule in Calendar on my MacBook. It allows me to quickly look at my day's schedule while I'm writing notes in class or if I am already on laptop. Plus it syncs with my phone, so I always know where I am suppose to be or what I should be doing. On Calendar, I include my time-flexible items like gym time, study time, meal times and down time. As a visual learner, I like to colour coordinate my schedule. Design a colour coordination system that works best for you. At the end of the day, you're the one who'll be using the agenda, so there's no need to follow a system that doesn't work for you. Personalize it to your own schedule and commitments.

Le Northern Belle | Managing Time in University

I hope this post has gotten you to think about how to manage your time. Everyone has different ways of scheduling their time, so let me know how you use your agendas in the comment section below.

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