This week has been crazy! I've been exhausted from walking around campus again, learning for hours at a time (in my grad program, we only have 3 hour classes) and keeping up with work, homework and daily life.
I'm so excited to be back to school again, even if it means the return of the 'juggle.' Because of this, I thought I'd put together a post about how to stay organized and on top of your school work, while maintaining a sane lifestyle!
The planner I have was a gift to me, and not my 'ideal' planner. I'd like more of a to-do list planner, like The Day Designer, but it's so expensive and you can only purchase it at certain times- I really hate how they take orders. Regardless, I just use my planner however I like. I write down my classes and next to them, any assignments due. You can also break yours up by days of the week and what classes you have on those days. Any way that would be most helpful to you.
Setting aside time to study or do homework is crucial. It would be ideal to take an hour or two from each day to go over notes, do homework, or anything else. Because we often don't have the luxury of time, even a half hour is wonderful. You might not get a ton of work done, but any progress is helpful, and when you return to it the next day, you're grateful you've already started. (it's the hardest part!) If even a half hour a day isn't practical for you, choosing a weekend and setting aside more time may work to your benefit. If you're working with a few hours of time, take small breaks to keep you motivated.
Although you have your planner, you may need a minute to write down a to-do list, or a goals list to keep you focused in your study time. Taking this minute helps immensely to keep you on track. Otherwise, you'll have all your other assignments or outside life still inundating your brain.
I have a giant one at home and a small one at work to note all assignment due dates and test days- but also birthdays, etc. It really helps to see everything as a big picture. Nothing sneaks up on me this way, and I can even plan to do things ahead of time in increments if it's an arduous assignment. I also keep a quick-reference schedule note card at home and at the office.
That's all I have for you right now! I'm sure I missed something, so if you have any tips to add, I'd love it if you would comment below and share with everyone. Thanks for reading!
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