6 Ways to Reorganize Your Life After Spring Break
The end of Spring Break only means one thing. Back to the books! Finals season is just around the corner. Where do you start? Here are some tips to help keep you up with all of your homework and get A’s on all your exams!
1. First Things First
What happened? It’s 10:00 at night and you’re exhausted from another busy day. Worst of all most of your work is still yet to be done. Where did the time go? If you are like most people, you spent most of the day putting out fires instead of accomplishing what matters. The quick fix is to know your priorities.
Keeping in mind what is most important will give you a feeling of direction, as well as accomplishment at the end of the day. Read this Forbes article, for more details on how to evaluate your priorities.
2. Schedule It
If you do not have a planner, you should go out and buy one now! Keeping a schedule leads to greater productivity and helps keep you on-track.
Another overlooked component is the snapshot a schedule provides of your life. Do you know where your time is going? Maybe you spend less time studying than you imagined. A schedule is critical in order to gain control of your day, as well areas that need greater time investment. In the words of Terry Pratchett, “So little time, so much universe.” Let’s make the most of it!
3. Bullet Points Win Battles
Make lists! Make lists for your homework, your grocery list, your to-do list. Make lists to keep yourself on-track. As we mentioned earlier (see #1), it helps to order your list with your first priorities at the very top.
If you don’t like keeping a paper list, download an app and take your list to-go! Here is a great article for the 9 Best-To-Do List Apps.
4. Take the Shortcut
Why make things harder than they need to be? The University of Kansas has plenty of services to make your life easier. Need someone to proofread a paper? Schedule an appointment with the writing center.
5. Make Good Habits
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
We make our habits, and our habits make us. Take a look at your habits, and work to nix the ones that are not leading you to your dreams.
One of the best habits to build is waking up early. Early morning is one of the most productive times of the day, because most everyone is asleep. There are almost no distractions! For tips on how to wake up early, read this article.
6. Eliminate Time Vacuums
Once you begin keeping a schedule, you will immediately see where your time should NOT be going. My tip is create a stop-doing list.
Eliminate activities that arn’t valuable. These activities can waste your time and don’t result in productive work. You can also eliminate some tasks by taking shortcuts, as mentioned above (see #4). Your time is valuable, so focus on the important tasks and eliminate ones that aren’t propelling you forward.