The transition from the military to college can be an adjustment. Balancing responsibilities at school, work and at home is not easy. You have 24 hours in a day to complete tasks at work and school, spend time with family or friends, and relax.

You are responsible for creating boundaries with your time. Let’s discuss some tips and tricks so you are able to feel in control of your day, accomplish more and enjoy free time.


Identify Goals & Distractions

Create a list of goals each semester and a timeline for completion.

  • Set daily, weekly or monthly goals. Schedule a completion date and if you accomplish them, reward yourself.

Identify distractions or barriers to accomplishing goals.

  • Do you…
    • Have a quiet place to study?
    • Text or answer your phone when studying?
    • Spend too much time on social media?

Start with small tasks and do one thing at a time

Complete simpler tasks first then move on to large projects or assignments.

  • Ask yourself…
    • What can I complete with few resources and quickly?
    • What projects need more time or have more moving parts?

One task at a time, don’t move on until it’s complete.

  • You can distract yourself by focusing on too much at once and ultimately become less productive.
    • Reduce access to distractions
    • Quiet Study Environment
    • Utilize a timer to keep you on task Office of Advising & Retention

Establish a routine and know your campus resources

Set a consistent routine and stick to it.

Ask yourself…

  • When is my home/dorm the quietest?
  • What time of day am I most productive?

There are resources on campus to help!

  • Academic Success: Prothro Center 120, (512) 863-1286
  • Debby Ellis Writing Center: Smith Library Center 111
  • Services for Students with Disabilities: Prothro 100, (512)863-1536
  • Tutoring: www.tinyurl.com/TutoringSU

Incorporate breaks into studying and take time off

Study in short intervals and take a short, regular break also known as the Pomodoro Technique.

  • For example, study for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break.

Take time for rest and allow your mind to rest.

  • Decrease stress through exercise, meditation, naps, scheduled free time, etc.