habits vs. routines for college students

Habits vs. Routines for College Students and their Parents

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habits vs. routines for college students

Habits develop with time, and routine can feel so ordinary. But what is the difference between habits and routines – specifically for college students? And how can parents guide their teenage children to develop a routine that balances college life with a healthy lifestyle?

Both habits and routines provide structure and consistency, which can be beneficial for achieving academic goals. Yet, they are entirely different from each other. On the basic level, it’s essential to understand that a routine can consist of multiple habits.

As college students, it takes work to balance a full course load with the expectations of social life and extracurricular activities. It’s necessary to develop habits to keep up with demands. And routine assures students benefit from whatever patterns they create – for both academic and personal lifestyles.

How Are Habits Different From Routines?

College students who want to learn how to turn their habits into routines can benefit from researching and setting goals. Students must create a pattern to stay organized, productive, and motivated in college.

However, repeating the same actions every day is more than important. As mentioned earlier, it’s important to establish goals that can be achieved through consistent effort.

  • Habits are reflexive actions that tend to become automatic over time; routines involve conscious effort every day. To increase productivity, focus on building simple, achievable tasks in an effective daily way that works for you.
  • Routines are established patterns of behavior that can help college students stay organized and maximize their productivity. For instance, setting a daily schedule helps them plan when to do schoolwork or study for upcoming tests. Additionally, a routine helps prioritize tasks so that important assignments are done on time. 

So, habits refer to unconscious behaviors that become intuitive over time. Habits form through repetition until they become second nature or automatic responses to certain situations.

Developing meaningful rewards for yourself as you complete your tasks will help motivate you to stay consistent with your efforts. Additionally, keeping track of progress with a planner and staying disciplined in setting deadlines will help ensure success in reaching your goals.

How to Turn a Habit into a Routine?

The intention of habits fuels routine.

habits vs. routines for college students

Step 1: Decide the habits you want to turn into a routine

First off, students need to set goals and stick to them. Instead of trying to accomplish too much at once, focus on one goal before moving on to the next. Setting daily or weekly reminders about tasks and activities can motivate students and hold them accountable for their goals.

Step 2: Take baby steps to build up habits

Next, try building up willpower by taking small steps towards larger goals. This allows smaller wins along the way, which helps build confidence in achieving success as large tasks become more manageable when broken down.

Step 3: Avoid engaging in all work and no play

Working non-stop is far from being productive. While it boosts the amount of work, the quality will likely go down. More than that, it’s not good for mental health and affects daily life routines.

Make sure to reward yourself after completing homework or tackling a similar task. This reward system could be anything from playing a video game to spending time outside basking in the sunshine.

For parents – remember to appreciate your child’s efforts. Encouragement goes a long way toward developing healthy habits and staying consistent.

habits vs. routines for college students

Maintaining a Balance of Healthy Well-being and Routines for College Students

As college students, there is no doubt that our lives are busy. We juggle classes, extracurricular activities, jobs, and social lives on top of trying to get enough sleep and take care of ourselves.

Maintaining a balance between healthy well-being and routines can be difficult in college. It is important to create habits that help us stay focused without sacrificing our physical and mental health. Below are a few tips to help college students build relevant habits and routines:

  • Be honest about needs and wants. For instance, students need to focus first on topics they find difficult or spend more time learning. The rest can follow.
  • Don’t rush things. Doing it all doesn’t necessarily mean more productivity. Keep the rule of quality over quantity in mind – it will also help you be realistic about how much time you have in your hands.
  • Allot specific time slots. Just tiny chunks of time (like allotting 20 minutes) for an activity can create a hassle. Instead, break down the day into hours and assign a type of activity for each slot – studying, playing, reading, or hobbies. Doing so will create discipline and allow some spontaneity into the schedule while maintaining a healthy college-life balance.

It’s important to manage stress in whatever way works best for you: taking time for yourself or engaging with friends or family. Additionally, creating a schedule can provide structure during chaotic times as it can serve as a reminder of the plan ahead while giving room for flexibility when the unexpected happens.

Recap: Habits vs. Routines for College Students

So it’s no doubt that habits can take time. But a good starting point is determining the aim or intention behind doing something. Having clarity about goals and expectations of the outcome can make habits feel less of a chore and more of a daily activity – eventually turning into a full-blown routine.

In college, developing good habits such as exercising regularly can help promote physical health while relieving stress from studying and exams. Overall, have a clear purpose behind every practice, and it will eventually turn into a routine that is second nature rather than a chore.

Need help turning your habits into routines? Chat with Themba Tutors today for your academic tutoring and coaching needs! We also provide online support services!


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Craig Selinger, CEO of Themba Tutors (serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut), is a NY State licensed speech-language pathologist, executive functioning coach, and learning specialist with over 18 years of experience working professionally with over a thousand families. His expertise includes language-based learning issues, e.g. reading, writing, speaking, and listening, executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and learning disabilities. Check out his interviews with top-notch professionals in the field on Spotify.
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