I find that as a student I have no time for anything other than school, homework, and work. I barely get time to sleep nevermind maintain a social life. Any tips on time management for a fellow student?
(Before I get going on this my editor would like me to point out that Concordia has a bunch of services available to help alleviate student stress and help with time management. Check out Student Life in the Hole Academic Center for more information on those services. All advice listed here is based off of my personal experiences.)
Our Editor in Chief, Nick, dealt with this a little bit a couple issues ago, but with tests right around the corner and the holiday approaching (don’t forget that shopping list of stuff you have to pick up) I feel like sharing some of my own tips would be helpful to you and the rest of the student body.
I think Jack Nicolson said it best in The Shinning, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and the same applies to us students. We can get caught in a loop of going to class, homework, work, nap, and repeat; the real trick is getting out of that cycle.
Tip 1: Let your friends know that time must be scheduled in advance; it seems like you’re being a snob, but if they know that your chance of attending an event increases with a week or two’s notice they should be more accepting of this kind of arrangement.
I usually use two and half weeks notice since my workplace needs that amount of time for me to request time off; that way I can organize both school and work at the same time. Also by scheduling this way you can ensure that you arrange your homework/studying around your hang out time. Making time for friends can be tough, but it’s necessary if you want to survive your school career.
Tip 2: Get you stuff done NOW! When you get stuff assigned do it as soon as humanly possible. Procrastination is a schedule killer and the longer you can avoid it the more fun you can have while everyone else is stressing and hurrying to finish their project by the deadline. This tip also works with “Tip 1” because you can ensure that you have time to hang out with your friends on days around your project deadlines. I’ve found myself having an entire week fairly open because I’ve gotten things done in a timely fashion, thus allowing me to hang out with friends or significant others on a more constant basis.
Tip 3: Trying to find a relationship while in school. If you’re already having a hard enough time scheduling around your current schedule then adding another person to the mix might not be the best of ideas. If you’re already in a relationship then you’ve probably got something worked out with that other person. If you feel like you’re wanting a relationship I’d say let one form naturally. Meet someone at a concert that you went to? See if they want to go for coffee. Find yourself hanging out with a certain someone from class? Awesome. Going out and searching for someone when you don’t have time for a full night’s sleep, then prowling around doesn’t sound like a great idea.
Tip 4: Treat yourself. When you find some time for yourself, yes it does happen, do something nice for yourself. Indulge in some nice food by cooking something a little fancier than normal. Have a relaxing bath or take time to do some stress relieving yoga. Play a game with friends on Xbox Live or PSN or just play with random people and enjoy in some fun. You know what else is fun when you find yourself with an extra hour or two? Napping!
I hope these tips are helpful to you Bogged and students of Concordia. I wish you all a stress free holiday and a great winter break. Also don’t forget to take a break from studying for those finals, you don’t want to burn yourself out before your big exams.
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