All of us have read articles on how to be successful. What did we get from them? Don't procrastinate. Hand in your work on time. Manage your time right. Don't go out too much. Study a little every day. We all know that advice is much easier said than done. You read an inspirational article and say, "I'm finally gonna get my sh*t together. I'll start tomorrow after I finish all my work." ...And it never happens.
Luckily, I have gotten tired of all my excuses and decided to make a difference in my life and in others'. Let me help you reach your fullest potential and show you how capable you are of completing your so-called "unreachable" goals.
- Google Calendar
I don't know about you, but personally, I take approximately 3 naps a day. In the past, my naps have been no less than four hours each. Not anymore. After I decided to use Google Calendar, I planned my naps. 90 minutes. One nap a day. That's it. As soon as I scheduled my naps, my days became more free and I had more time to complete my work. Astonishing. My point is -- plan out EVERYTHING on Google Calendar. Naps, meals, classes, studying, etc. That's your first step.
You may have been forced by high school teachers or college professors to make a LinkedIn, so you don't actually pay any attention to it. Bad idea. Make use of your LinkedIn profile! Not only will it connect you with classmates and possible future employers, but you will see on a screen everything you have accomplished. And seeing all your volunteer experience, job experience, and positions you've held in various organizations will motivate you to better yourself and realize you haven't really been this lazy all your life.
3. GO TO ALL YOUR CLASSES
I have extremely surprising news for you: If you go to all your classes, all the time, make yourself think the material is interesting, and you... take... notes.... YOU'RE GOING TO GET A GOOD GRADE!! Stop coming up with excuses. Future grad schools and employers won't care if you were tired or hungover or wanted to hang out with your "perfect bf." What's going to last longer? Your fatigue or grades? From personal experience, I can tell you I went from getting Cs on my exams to As -- as soon as I started going to every single class. It's hard, but it's worth it.
4. Enjoy what you're learning
Sitting in a 1 hour and 20 minute lecture can be brutal. Especially if it's something you really couldn't give less of a sh*t about. Right now is the perfect and one of the only times it is okay to lie. Lie to yourself. Make yourself think this class is the most exciting class you've ever taken. I'm taking a 3 hour and 25 minute class now and it feels like 10 minutes because I get into the lessons and pay attention, rather than zone out. Actively participating will also help your class time seem shorter.
5. Print out notes beforehand and bring them to class
Most professors post their lecture notes on Blackboard before class. If they do that, print them out! Highlight important things, obviously, and add on the side additional important info your professor says about that point during class.
All of these things will help you accomplish your goals. I promise. I gave you class advice because if you start being a superb student and getting awesome grades, you will feel like you can achieve anything. If you can see everything you have to do planned out on a calendar, you can do it.
With following my own advice, I actually know what I'm doing with my life. I declared another major and minor, which is a huge step for me. I hope these tips help you as much as they helped me!