A common complaint about time management techniques is that they make you into some kind of robot. As a result, most college students cringe at the thought of doing things like planning out your days and setting goals.
This concern is totally legit, and the truth is that the vast majority of college students do not need to live regimented lives. In fact, the solution for the majority of college students who feel that they are “overwhelmed” is not to regiment their lives.
Usually, the feeling of feeling “overwhelmed” can be solved by simply…
1. “Work smarter, not harder” by doing simple things like eliminating distractions while doing work, not multitasking and eliminating unneeded perfectionism.
2. Eliminating emotional “friction” by saving things like drama, gossip and fantasizing for when you are not working (Or eliminating them all together).
3. Cutting out draining activities. If you are in an organization because you feel obligated to be a member, for example, get the hell out. Your free time activities should refuel your tank, not suck fuel out of it.
If you have done all of those things and still are feeling overwhelmed, then you might need to resort to some regimentation. I would suggest starting out with the “morning ritual” I discuss in the advanced study skills section, as that will give you the most “bang for your buck” in terms of regimentation. If that isn’t enough, work your way down the list.
If you want a little more order to your daily life just for shits and giggles, then by all means regiment your life a little bit. Nevertheless, avoid going overboard with this as too much regimentation will limit your college experience. After all, most college students just wing their daily lives, so most of the cool things that you experience will come out of nowhere.
It is best to allow yourself the flexibility to take advantage of those moments.