Even if every minute is planned out, things sometimes don't go according to plan. Unexpected situations are part of life, but remaining flexible and anticipating such situations will help with time management (Mancini 2003). According to Cornelissen (n.d.) “Whether course content is delivered by Internet, video, audio, or print, test all class components before the term starts. Keep hard copies of course materials in a binder, including lectures, exams, office hours, and discussion groups.” This is helpful so that there is no wasting of time trying to figure out how to get to the assignments. If overtime is required for a job, or a family member gets sick, it is important to be flexible and think about how the calendar can be moved around to accommodate such instances. If a bad storm came, or there was a power outage, think about if there is another location to complete coursework. If the primary computer used for schooling were to break, plan for other recourses that could be used to get the work done. Being flexible when balancing school, work, and personal time, is important because, life happens and it is important to be prepared.
Having support systems is important. Motivational, organizational, and peer support, are three systems that are needed in college. Motivational support often