This is a guest blog post by Campus Ambassador Esohe Osabuohien.
Have you ever wanted to do it all, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day? We all know that feeling: exams are coming up, you have internship duties, organization responsibilities, and not to mention your civic duty to visit your friends and check-in with your family. It’s called stress! But fear not, with a little bit - well maybe a lot - of strategic planning, we can have our cake and eat it too!
Plan and Organize. Author Hans Glint once stated, “the sooner you start planning your life, the sooner you will live the life you dream of.” Therefore, in order for us to achieve all of the goals that we have planned for ourselves, we must first plan them out. Whenever I am given a task to complete, I write it in two places - my daily planner and on my Google Calendar, which is synched to my phone. Even though I am never without either of the two, the double reminders show me what I have to do for the week (the planner) and for the day (Google Calendar). From there, I am able to fully operationalize everything that needs to be completed by breaking it down into a to-do list. The to-do list makes everything appear more manageable, and is a lot less stressful to look at - I like to write it out in bright and colorful ink, and organize it from least to most important. However, make sure you place it in a visible place so that you don’t forget about it - I like to write it down in the margins of my planner alongside my homework for that day.
Act. Now that you have the plan, you are ready to act on it. Remember that useful to-do list? It should be organized from least to most important. If you follow it, you will be able to get through all of your light work and tasks a lot quicker, that way, there will be enough time for you to focus on your larger obligations. If working daily isn’t necessarily your thing, pick a few days out the week to get everything done. I like to remind myself that the to-do list isn’t set in stone, as long as I complete everything on time, everything will be okay.
Rest. Finally, the time has come for you to relax and enjoy the benefits of all your hard work. After all of that work, make sure you squeeze in some time for yourself - visit your friends and check in with your family, get some sleep! It’s important to squeeze in rest days because working too hard can add even more stress to an already hectic schedule. I like to relax by knitting, writing, or even taking pictures around campus - U of M is a winter wonderland around this time. By following these steps, I have been able to manage my time and weekly obligations without stressing out too much. The key ingredient to getting through a large amount of work, or a stressful week is to plan, and tackle each task one small step at a time. Breaking up your weekly duties with a to-do list will allow you to do just that, and it’s fun checking everything off of your list that you have completed! Just remember that nothing is set in stone; as long as you create an effective plan to get your work done, everything will be fine.