I’ve enjoyed my time as a student so far, but it hasn’t been without its stress! I’ve been very busy all the time, and while it’s been fun and rewarding, it has also been exhausting. I look forward to graduating, but I also know that I might someday go back to school, and that I might be even busier then! Plus, I still have some time left here before I even consider that post-grad stuff. Experts, can you help me find more time in my schedule? How to people stay organized when they’re as busy as I am?
The college years can be a lot of fun, but they’re a little frantic, too! You are far from alone in feeling overworked and overbooked. This is not a new phenomenon, but it’s become more appreciated as the hyper-busy students of the 2010s have buried themselves in a wide range of activities and commitments.
However, that doesn’t mean that college students have too little time to get their work done. In fact, some studies suggest that its college students’ recreational time that’s the real problem, because college students often spend more time enjoying themselves than studying.
On the other hand, though, there’s nothing wrong with taking some time to unwind. In fact, we know that taking time off is a key part of staying productive and avoiding burnout!
So, what’s the key? Balance, of course–you need to do the right amount of work and the right amount of unwinding. That’s easier said than done, but we have some tips that might help you out!
One of the most important things that you can do as a student is to set schedules and boundaries. Where and when we work–and where and when we play–matter more than we might think. Our brains remember our attitudes in certain places and times: studying in bed, for instance, could mess with your ability to get restful sleep there, while studying at irregular hours and in recreational spaces could make you less focused.
Try to designate certain times and spaces for study, recommend experts. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a flexible schedule–modern graduate degree programs appreciate how busy students can be, say the pros behind one RN to BSN degree program. However, you should do your best to get yourself used to habits and turn your spaces and schedule into cues that help you get in–and out–of “study mode.”
Another key: don’t be afraid to get help. Your campus is full of great resources for learning and studying. You could get advice and input on your papers from on-campus writing centers or even an online essay writing company. You also can, and should, care for your mental health as you study hard–you have resources on and off campus that can help you there.
These techniques aren’t magic, and you’re apt to be pretty busy as you learn no matter what you do. However, setting boundaries, creating habits, and caring for your mental health in the face of a fast-moving and stressful environment can be key to overcoming the problems you describe.
“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison