August 15, 2017

Managing A Busy Schedule

The spring semester is upon us and that means new books, laptops, reading and assignments. With a new semester comes the art of balancing school, work, friends, family and personal health. With so much on your plate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and to fall behind. Here are a few tips for the semester to keep your stress levels low and your success high.

1. Get organized

1. Get organized

Keeping a planner, agenda, to do list or using the calendar app on your phone are fantastic ways to keep track of everything you have going on and ensure that you don’t overbook yourself. Organize a weekly schedule as well as a monthly calendar in order to see what’s coming up in the next couple of days and weeks. Keep a schedule and stick to it; this will ensure all of your tasks are completed and nothing falls through the cracks. 

2. Prioritize

2. Prioritize

With school, work, friends and family, it is essential to plan your time wisely and prioritize what is most important. Look at the big picture and organize your tasks based on what’s most critical. Studying for your midterm might trump picking up an extra shift at work this week but in the long term, your coworkers will understand the demands on your time and you can set aside time next week.

3. Plan ahead

3. Plan ahead

Look over your schedule for the coming week and plan for what’s ahead. If you know that you’re expected to be at your mom’s birthday dinner this Thursday and you have an assignment due Friday, plan your week accordingly and try to get the homework done before Thursday evening. Also, be sure to look at what tasks are coming up and adjust your schedule to have time to study for an exam or complete an assignment. This will lead to less stress and higher quality work.

4. Use your resources and speak up if you fall behind

4. Use your resources and speak up if you fall behind

Some times, no matter how much you prepared and prioritized, sometimes life gets in the way of completing assignments. If this happens, ask for help from your professor and utilize UW Colleges Online resources. Faculty and staff are here to help you succeed, so admitting you need help can be a big step in getting back on track.

5. Be flexible

5. Be flexible

Organize your schedule ahead of time with a little wiggle room so if you run short on time for a project or something unexpected happens, you have time to accommodate that in your schedule.

6. Take time for yourself and stay healthy

6. Take time for yourself and stay healthy

A busy schedule can make it easy to put off taking care of yourself. When you are looking at your schedule for the week, be sure to set aside some time each day for yourself. Go to the gym, read a fun book or catch up on some of your favorite TV shows. Whatever you choose, take care of your physical and mental health with some quality you-time.

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