Oh, October, where to start?
This month was certainly a level up from September, especially on the time management front. My professors assigned all the papers, presentations, and projects all at the same time, so I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been a little stressed.
The good news is that I’ve been holding myself to a more consistent work schedule (*cough* or at least I was, until this week. Advisement day messed with my brain a bit). I’m almost up to 7 hours a week––I’ve been working 6 hours a week lately, and I should be at 7 within the next week or two. I’ve gotten over feeling like I’m always doing academic work, and Google Calendar has remained helpful in blocking out time for various activities.
Something else I’m learning to do to help myself get through a work or study session is to simply set a timer so that the session has a predetermined ending point. I’ve found that it’s easier for me to focus when I know I only have to concentrate on the task at hand for a finite amount of time; in other words, I focus better when I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Depending on the job I’m doing, I’ll set a timer on my phone for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and buckle down. Then, as soon as the time goes off, I either take a break and walk around or I switch tasks, so I don’t get too drained from concentrating on one thing for too long.
In my September summary, I mentioned creating an “office space” for myself (i.e. going to the library to work). That’s been somewhat helpful but not as crucial as I expected it to be. Even when I stay in my room to work, as long as I can get myself to sit down and just start working, I can keep at it for a fair amount of time.
Overall, I’m proud of myself for improving in the areas I felt I was struggling in, especially in the midst of the Month of Midterms. I’m going to continue reaching for the 7 hours per week goal, and I’m confident I’ll get there by next month.
Here’s to November!