With Halloween over, and the Christmas break still over a month away, November can seem like a long, dull month. For many university students it is as well a month when most assignments are due before final exams.
This time last year, I felt swamped. So I made an appointment with one of Brock’s academic advisors, and he gave me some really valuable advice.
“What did he say?”
He told me to treat my studies like I would a full-time job. At first it sounded overwhelming, but by splitting the 24 hours of each day up into three groups of 8 hours, it’s easy to master time management.
“What do you mean?”
Sleep: It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of sleep every night. When you sleep your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves and information stored in your short-term memory gets consolidated into your long-term memory. At a minimum, teens and young adults need 8 hours of sleep each night to function well.
Studies: Whether you’re in class, at placement, or working on an assignment, try to spend 8 hours each day on school work. By putting in 8 hours each day, school work will not pile up as much and having a regular sleep pattern is more attainable. No one likes being up all night doing homework, so try getting work done during a spare period or after eating your lunch.
That leaves us with…
Stuff: Yes! Even in between, before and after all of your hard work in school and 8 hours of sleep, there are still 8 hours left in each day for doing whatever other stuff you need to! This includes eating, showering, hanging out with friends, working a part-time job, playing Candy Crush and so on…the possibilities are endless.
Starting this habit of breaking your day up into three categories early in your academic career will go a long way. So simplify your day friendly blog readers, and make time for what’s important to you!