While in high school, campus promises so much fun. Things change you realize that campus is not all about fun but about juggling academic life, social life, and myriad other extracurricular activities. You have to learn to juggle all the above at once. The best way to master all that goes on on campus is to come up with a day plan for each day. Unplanned things do happen, which the day plan you make should be able to accommodate.
Have a tangible reference for your day to day plans.
You are only human. That means you will have some great plans that you make in your head but forget to write down somewhere. Having a great sense of recall may not always help, because you may sometimes get so preoccupied with your day that you may forget some things. Diaries, calendars, sticky notes, and notebooks are a helpful and efficient way to help you to stay focused. In the current age of technology, there are phone apps and planners that can be set to remind you of your plans.
Planning for the day may be done the night before or early in the morning before starting the day. Always confirm what classes you have the next day and at what time. Arrange the books that you will need the next day and complete any due assignments or take-away cats and any other class or group work due the next day. Allot time for study separate from time for doing homework. Planning a study schedule protects you from the horrible last-minute rush.
Consistently focus on your Goals.
The ultimate goal for you as a college student is to do well in the course(s) you are taking. This does not happen overnight, and sometimes you will be distracted by campus life. This is why you have to plan and stick to the plan throughout the semester. Take a few days each week to remind yourself of your goals. Assess yourself, are you working towards achieving your goals or working against attaining your goals? Have a specific grade that you want to get at the end of each semester. Prioritize your goals so that you achieve the ones that are most important first.
Finally, accept that not everything will go as planned. You may fall sick, there might be a lecturer's strike, or your family may drop in to see you. Flexibility is vital to ensure that you adjust to these sudden impromptu occurrences in your plans.