By: Rachel Olson
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and deadlines fast approaching, there is one obstacle left between students and the freedom of the end of the semester: finals. Whether you are working an internship, involved in organizations on campus, work a part-time or full-time job, or are focused solely on your education, balancing all there is to do at the end of the semester can be extremely difficult.
Here are some helpful tips to maintain balance while heading into the last few weeks of the semester.
- Prioritize your responsibilities. While you may have many different tasks to complete, it is important to remember which responsibilities need the majority of your time. Be open and honest with friends and family if you need to devote more of your free time to your responsibilities. And don’t be afraid to be honest with an employer if you feel you need time off of work in order to focus on your schoolwork. At the end of the day, you are a student first and your schoolwork must be completed!
- Stay organized. With project deadlines, homework due dates, tests, exams, and presentations, it can be much easier than you might think to completely forget about something you should have been working on, especially if you are going to work or being involved with other organizations at the same time. Make to-do lists for each of your responsibilities and mark tasks off once you have completed them. Checking off an item on a long to-do list can be much more satisfying and encouraging than you might think!
- Schedule your time. There is only so much time in a day, and when trying to plan when to work on assignments or study for tests, as well as work a shift or go to an organization meeting, it can be easy to forget to account for simple human necessities like eating and sleeping. Schedule the time you need to devote to all of your responsibilities! Be reasonable with your expectations of how long it will take you to complete certain tasks. It’s better to give yourself too much time for a task and be able to work ahead, than to be rushing and get behind. Include eating, relaxing, socializing and sleeping in your schedule as much as you can! It is vital that you allow your body time to recharge, even when you have so many responsibilities to be taking care of at once!
- Lastly, do not procrastinate! After creating a plan and scheduling out your responsibilities, stick to this plan! Procrastination may sound like a good idea in the moment, but it will always come back to hurt you in the end. You will be happier, your work will be better and overall you will find more success if you stick to your schedule and avoid procrastinating any of your responsibilities.