This is a guest post by our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Sarah Fitterer from University of Missouri.
Trying to find a balance for myself this semester began as a challenge. I am taking more credit hours than I previously have and am also holding an internship. Over the last few weeks I have finally begun to find that balance that I have been looking for, here are a few things that have helped me:
1. Find your ‘go-to’ location- Find that place that will allow you to stay focused and work your best. I found that having a consistent study environment has helped my mind wander less and I am able to stay focused on what I need to accomplish.
2. Keep a planner- It may take a while to get in the habit of keeping a planner, but it will be worth it. I am always making mini lists of what I need to accomplish for the day and for the rest of the week. What I found easiest was to assign a certain color to each class, to outside activities, and another for my student organization’s activities.
3. Acknowledge small achievements- Once I have finished my list for the day I like to look back to acknowledge what I have accomplished. Just by finishing simple tasks on a to-do list can give you a positive attitude to do the same the next day. Set reasonable goals for yourself.
4. Prioritize- Decide what is most important for YOU. I like to take on my most challenging task first; it seems to make everything else get accomplished a little faster.
5. Schedule time for you- This is something that you enjoy that can help take your mind off what you have been working on. By doing this, you can come back and be fully focused on what you need to accomplish.
6. Keep away from social media- I know checking Twitter and Facebook is very tempting, but it is also very counterproductive. Whatever status update you missed will still be there once you have finished your task.