Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working weekends (Sometimes I wonder, “How?!”).
Through it all, I have vowed to stay active at least 30 minutes to 1 hour per day and always have a healthy meal on hand. Any college student can agree that this isn’t an easy vow to keep — but it’s not impossible! Here are a few ways I stay on top of things even when time is scarce:
I keep a personal agenda and a school agenda. This way, when I know I have a thousand things to do, I can jot them down in my calendar and free my mind from worrying if I’ll remember to do something. When I get seriously busy, I like to schedule my day by the hour. Listen, it sounds tedious- but I reserve this for my really busy days, and it gets the job done! Don’t forget to schedule time for music, relaxation, a walk, or however you choose to spend your allotted “free time”.
Use Your Time Wisely
If you’re surfing Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram in between classes, you’re not the only one! Let me warn you though, mindless surfing adds up! This results in a big time-suck in your day. Now I’m not suggesting you completely give up Instagram-ing your Iced Mocha Lattes with your best friend, but rather, start becoming aware of how much time you spend mindlessly using social media, such as watching cat videos on YouTube.
Give Yourself a Break
Although this may sound counter-intuitive, giving yourself a break every so often will improve your studying, not hurt it! Giving yourself a chance to grab a coffee, chat with a friend, or go on a run will give you more energy towards the projects you are in the process of conquering. Personally, my favorite ways to give myself a break are: Watching an episode of my current-show on Netflix, cooking, taking pictures on Instagram (mindfully, of course) and going to the gym.
How do you like to give yourself a break during a busy semester?
Snap shot of dinner & snack for my Tuesday evening class
One of my priorities: packing healthy foods for long school days!