I hope everyone had a great first week of summer classes! My week was definitely a busy one. My assignments for Writing for the Media this week included, reading the AP Stylebook, a lead rewrite, a quiz, a test and 6 hours of podcasts (in fact I am trying to listen to music on my iTunes and the podcasts keep playing on their own, it was funny only the first couple of times it happened…) I am sure most students taking summer courses are also working/interning. I work part-time as an intern, at first I thought getting through this course was going to be a breeze with my schedule but by last week Wednesday I realized I was very wrong. I thought that the struggle to balance everything only a challenge during the semester. Summer, for some can actually be more stressful because of pressure from work and school while still trying maintaining a social life.
Doing great job at school and your job/internship is something that most of us strive to do but can be very challenging. Most of us have to balance school, jobs, a relationship, family, friends and still have a little time for yourself. Time management is key to being successful at balancing your life without going absolutely crazy. Here are a few things I do to help me manage my time:
1. The first and probably the most important (for me) is I write EVERYTHING down because if I don’t I will forget it in approximately 5 seconds. I keep my planner and a little notebook in my bag so that I make lists and write down things I need to do.
2. I make a plan for the week, I start with school stuff (assignments, tests, quizzes, etc.) I plan when I am going to do these things first because they are the most time sensitive. Then I plan things I want to do with my friends! This is so important everyone needs a little break to hang out with friends…make sure not to leave this out :)
3. I also like to plan to get things done early so that I can have my professor look over my work. Most professors are thrilled to get emails from students asking for help, it shows that you care about and are engaged in your work. Try this, I guarantee you will get a much better grade than you would have without asking for help!
4. Limit your social media! I know this is so hard, I am a social media intern so I know exactly how hard it is to disconnect for even just a little while. I have found that if I close my Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. I get things done so much faster and my work is much better because I am fully engaged. I know it sucks but just do it, once you do you will see why.
I think those are the tips that help me the most but there are many things that you can do to manage your time. The most important thing to do is develop your own routine and figure out what works best for you! Never be afraid to ask questions or for help, chances are some else has the same question. Make sure to follow #uwosummer hashtag for campus updates.
Have a great week :)