It never fails. Right as I'm about to pick up my pencil and start on that math homework I’ve been avoiding all day, my phone rings and of course it’s my friends calling to come along with them to that ultra-hip, fantastic, over the top, never before seen…coffee shop they’ve been dying to try.
Should I: Go enjoy a nice tall cup of whatever the heck sounds fanciest and enjoy the company of some rad amigos, or slave away over a hot piece of paper in the dungeon my family calls, "my room?"
We’ve all been there from time to time. But honestly, we all need a little pick me up and friendly reminder once in a while that your work and studies should always come first in your college or high school setting. My advice is to have a scheduled day and set your priorities. It's what works for me. Even if it’s so reminiscent of our icky high school years college friends, it can still help out a ton. Include a time for socializing, working out, or even writing your own blog post! Whatever suites your fancy. Time management can often turn out being your friend, not foe.
Another tip? Study with your friends. Studying with your friends can often be encouraging and fun. You still get to go to that coffee shop, and get your work done with the people you love engaging with. Just make sure to really get something done, and not just sit around with your work at a standstill on the table in front of you. And if you're just so, so busy that you just can't pull away from an enormous work load, always remember that you have another enchanting option of saying, "No." Reschedule and re-plan! If they're real buds, they'll always understand.
For The Record: Even social media, something “silent” can pull you away from your studies. If it helps, set your phone aside in a desk drawer or backpack. Or completely turn off the distraction. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go completely off the grid of your favorite social platform just because midterms are around the corner.