The Darling Nomadess: Time Management Tips for the Procrastinating Collegiate

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Time Management Tips for the Procrastinating Collegiate

Recently, a lovely reader emailed me asking for tips on time management in college. I chuckled at first because I'm infamously known amongst my group of friends to be a procrastinator; however, I always get work done. Personally, I believe how we manage our time is going to differ from person to person. What works for me, might not work for you. I'm definitely not Type A and I don't have OCD tendencies.

Last semester I took 21 credit hours, had an internship, and also kept this blog here up to date. This semester, I'm a bit overwhelmed with 24 credit hours, 2 part-time jobs, and also, this blog which I see as another part-time job, more on that in a future post. Obviously, I'm a busy person so I figured I would share a few of my time management tips, from a procrastinator for a procrastinator.

1. Use a planner! I keep track of every single homework assignment, sorority event, service project...everything! I utilize the space for each day in the planner and write out what needs to be done that day and the times for it. Seriously, anything I need to do that day I write down - workout time, dinner time, classes, time for homework, breaks, even sleep! I also keep a separate monthly calendar to organize my blog posts for the month!

2. Schedule time for yourself! Fridays after 6 pm until Sunday at noon are my time. This might make me sound like an awful student, but I refuse to do homework during this time. I do enough of that during the week. I use this time to do other work such as writing posts, painting for my Etsy shop, laundry, and cleaning my bedroom.

3. Prioritize! Everyone's priorities are different so I'm not going to tell you homework needs to come first. I have a very unique perspective when it comes to my G.P.A. and personally, I could care less what that number is as long as I get that fancy piece of paper diploma in May. While I do my best to keep my grades up, with as many credit hours I am taking this semester, I definitely prioritize which ones I'll dedicate more time to than others. If you have the means and time to get a perfect 4.0, all power to you.

4. Keep your professors informed! If you have a crazy schedule and course load, make sure to inform your professors and keep them up-to-date, especially since you might be turning in assignments late. Hey, it happens. It's not going to be the end of the world. I am deadline-oriented...if I'm passionate about the work.

Ok, so I'm probably not the best role model when it comes to grades and I hope you don't take this post as unappreciative of my education. My education means the world to me. I wouldn't be paying for it if I didn't find it to be important.  I value my education, but I also value real world experience and financial stability.

Moral of the post, figure out what works best for you when it comes to time management! We all have different priorities and different amounts of time we can dedicate to classes, projects, etc.

What's your best time management advice?

With Love,


  1. Wow, you are one busy gal! I'm terrible with procrastinating, but it's how I do my best work and the pressure helps me get everything done! I would be lost in life without my planner. :)

  2. I think back to high school, and I can't believe that I didn't use my planner! I never leave home without it now. I'm the exact same about Friday - Sunday being me time. I hate doing school work on the weekends and avoid it at all costs!

  3. Love these tips! These are great for college kids of any type. I know even if you're usually pretty organized, there are times where we all get busy and slip up. I am so impressed by your workload!

  4. These are great tips, and is pretty much how I was in college. I was very involved in student organizations while also working or doing an internship (didn't have a blog yet though so kudos to you!). Planning, prioritizing, and procrastinating were my 3 Ps haha. I got my pretty piece of paper though so I have no complaints. Honestly GPA isn't that important in the real world (I mean that obviously depends on your chosen area/profession, but for me it didn't factor in). My internships and real world experience are really what made me shine.

  5. Your schedule sounds like mine! BUSY GIRL!

  6. these are great tips! i used my planner so much in college, it was the only way i could stay organized!

  7. Great tips! All the best!

  8. such a great post! i'm a senior in college and agree with all of these!

    Rachel @

  9. Girl, this post ROCKS! Such great tips. My #1 piece of advice, which you mentioned, is to have ONE planner and write everything down in it. So many people try to juggle a planner with an iCal and a wall calendar. That just doesn't work. Choose ONE and stick with it! Hope you had a great weekend, pretty :)

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  10. Just wanted you to know...I included this post in my most recent "Massive List of Links" feature! (


  11. This is so great for young professionals too! Establishing these habits early on is so helpful :)

  12. I LOVE this We should never try to give all our time to school. Balance is key


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