So you're a freshman in college. Congratulations! And if you're like most first-year college students, you want to make the most of your time in school and be as productive as possible. But it can be tough to know where to start.
You're adjusting to a new schedule, meeting new people, and trying to guide yourself through a new town. It's a new way of life and can be challenging to stay productive. Luckily, Specialist ID has you covered. We have lanyards and badge reels that help you stay organized and on track in your first year of college, plus extra tips!
1. Perfect your time management skills
Before you do anything, you need to ensure you've honed in on your time management skills. These skills can be tricky, especially if you're new to them. But, like any other skill, you need to practice. One practical step is to work on your time management skills to boost your awareness of where you spend most of your time. Track the amount of time you spend on your phone. You may be surprised by how many hours a day you spend scrolling through social media. Another way to practice time management is to look ahead at upcoming events. Pick which ones you want to attend and which you must pass on. Planning will help you make time for studying.
2. Keep your essentials organized
Lanyards and badge reels are great at keeping your college essentials organized and close at hand. Keeping items such as your school ID badge, dorm room key, meal plan card, etc., organized and safe guarantees that you won't lose anything important in the cafeteria or football stadium. If you're looking for a way to boost your productivity, this breakaway lanyard and badge reel combo can help.
3. Be ready for easy access
As we discussed, keeping track of your time is crucial as a college student. Having your ID card and other essentials easily accessible can save you time and hassle. Our standard non-breakaway lanyard with a metal swivel hook is a simple option to attach your ID badge and use for easy access. Whether you need to scan your ID badge for entry into the gym or proper identification in the classroom, we've got you covered. Or perhaps you're looking for something more durable and obscure. Check out this mid-size carabiner badge reel with a key ring. It discreetly attaches to your belt loop or backpack and can hold up to five keys. No more fumbling through your bag, wallet, or purse for your ID. Just clip it to your lanyard or badge reel, and you're good to go.
4. Prioritize your health.
Something you may not think about that could improve your productivity during your first year of college is prioritizing your sleep and health. When you're healthy and feel good, you can focus better. This means eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. So, don't forget to take care of yourself.
5. Talk to your professors.
Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. It can be intimidating, but they're there to help you. Your professors will appreciate your determination and be happy to help—it's their job! If you're struggling with a class or have questions about an assignment, talk to your professors after class or email them to ask for help.
We know you're probably feeling overwhelmed right now. But don't worry; with a little bit of organization and planning, you are sure to maximize your productivity and get things done. This may take some trial and error to perfect, but once you find a routine that works for you, stick with it!
And don't forget to have fun! College is a great place to explore new things and meet new people. Just remember to balance work and play, so you stay healthy! For more information on products that help you stay organized, check our Specialist ID site and see how we can help you find what you need to boost your productivity.