The past year has been hectic. Between 4 classes, giving tours, rugby practice and games and keeping up this blog it is sometimes easy for me to get overwhelmed. I am busy person, so I figured I would share some of my time management tips for all you procrastinators out there!
1. Use a planner! I write down every tour, every homework assignment, every practice and everything in between in my planner. I use the space for each day in my planner to write down what needs to get done for that day, while my monthly calendar is color coded to tell me large events and assignments.
I personally have a Lilly Pulitzer planner, and while expensive, I use the living heck out of it. For me, it was well worth the money that I spent on it if it means keeping me organized.
2. Schedule some "Me Time". I know, it may sound kind of weird, but for me, it is a necessity. My "me time" during the week takes place from Friday after my rugby practice to Sunday at noon. It may make me sound like a horrible student, but during this time I will not do homework. I do a ton during the week so I use this time to do other things like write blog posts, catch up with friends, do laundry or sleep (most of the time I am probably catching up on sleep).
3. Keep you professors informed! The lovely thing about professors here at SMC is that they are always willing to help you out. If one week is particularly crazy, it is best to keep them up to date on what is going on in your life, especially if that means having to hand in an assignment late. Hey, it happens. it's not going to be the end of the world if you ask for an extension on an assignment.
4. Prioritize! Every one's priorities are different, so I am not going to sit here and tell you that homework needs to come first. For me, I have a pretty unique perspective on my GPA. While I aim to keep it as high as I possibly can achieve, I am more concerned about gaining life experiences and making the personal connections with my professors, employers and peers. While I do my absolute best to keep my grades up, not doing so well on a test or quiz is not going to kill me. As long as I work as hard as I possibly can and do my assignments to the best of my ability, I am happy with my accomplishments.
Moral of the story is, figure out what works best for you!
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[I hope my readers don't take this post as unappreciative of my education. My education means the world to me. I wouldn't be here it if I didn't find it to be important. I value my education, but I also value real world experience and gaining connections that will be able to propel me in life. It is a give and take between the two.]