Often time is one of the most precious commodities a college student has dur ing their years in school. College students are also nearly always short on time while funds and sleep may be in short supply, many -- if not most. Having good time management skills becomes even more important during college finals. But just what steps can you take to make sure you're managing your time well during the chaos of finals week? Sleep often gets cut out of your schedule in cases when things get though. That paper and lab report have to be done by tomorrow morning, so ... no sleep tonight, right? Wrong. Not getting enough sleep in college can actually cost you more time in the long run. You'll be more likely to get sick, you'll be less able to handle stress, and -- oh yeah -- you'll be super tired all the time and your brain will run slower. Invest some time in getting some quality zzzz's even if it seems counter-intuitive. There is always a few ways to get a little more sleep in school, no matter how hectic your schedule might seem.

Time management tips for final week

Keep a running list -- in your head, on your laptop, on your phone, in the cloud -- of the major projects and tasks that you're managing during finals week. Adjust it when you're feeling stressed about all the things you have to do as often as necessary and refer to it. Just focus on the top 1 or 2 items in case you feel overwhelmed. So focusing on the most important can help you feel like you're accomplishing something instead of worrying about everything else you should be doing because you can only do so many things at once. One of the best ways to manage your time is to avoid procrastinating in addition to this. Schedule time in to work on it over the weekend instead of planning to be up all night Monday night cramming to get it done in case you have a final paper due Tuesday. Planning to procrastinate isn't time management; it's just plain silly and, ironically, a big waste of time. Sometimes things just happen as hard and as much as you might try to plan every detail of your college life. Leave as much time as you can each day during finals week for flex time. You won't have to stress when the inevitable happens, since you'll know you already have a little time to deal with the unexpected in that way. And you can reprioritize and refocus as needed in case nothing happens and you find yourself with some free time. You may not realize just how much it's taking a toll on you until it's over and finals can be incredibly, surprisingly stressful. The mental stress, workload, lack of sleep, and importance of everything you have to do can sometimes feel overwhelming. Fortunately, just let it relax is one of the best things you can do to clear your mind.