Time Management Takes Time, Part 1
So, we are into our third week of school (second full week) and who is already drowning in school work? You too? Okay, good. Same. The lead-up to school is always fun. The first week is light and breezy and then second week hits and it’s like, what just happened I was on top of everything and now it’s cold and I’m frazzled in Robarts. So how do we battle this? How do we stay on top of our lives and stay cute doing it? I’m not going to lie to you: time management is something I have struggled with my entire life. I always want to try new things and do anything and everything, so I don’t realize I’m doing too much until I start to fall asleep on my textbook and dream about having more time to get work done.
So to save us all some time and energy I’ve compiled a list of resources and just helpful tips that have gotten me through school and life in general. Here are the first two: more to come next week!
Tip One: School. Is. Work.
The hardest thing about university is that we always think we have more time. When we look at our timetables we only see the class times. However, what a lot of people forget to account for is organizing time, study time, and break time. My registrar broke it down for me like this: a full course load at school is a full-time job, which means you need to allot those 40 hours to school every week. From there, you can find the time to add in things like gym sessions, movie nights, etc. Once I started treating school like a job that needs hours, I realized that not only had I not been putting enough time into school, but that I really didn’t have all the extra time I thought I did!
Tip Two: USE STUDENT RESOURCES
I cannot stress how many times the Writing Centers, learning strategists, registrars, and librarians have helped me keep my head screwed on. Writing centers are my favourite resource to use, because assignments and academic writing is HARD. Being able to just sit with someone and organize your thoughts, or even make a writing plan helps so much once the stress of school begins to unfold.
Learning strategists are ALSO amazing people. They truly are a university resource just for you! I sat down for my first appointment last year and let me tell you: she changed my life. From giving me mindfulness tips to organizing my day-to-day life, she helped me organize my daily schedule to give my studies structure and slowly implement the studying tips she provided.
Let me know in the comments what resources have helped you in the past, and we’ll see if they match up with mine when we pick this up next week. To be continued!
Editor’s Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the follow-up post to this blog entry will be delayed for two weeks.