Reality hit this last week … grad school is not all fun and games. We Fisher MAcc students had multiple midterms/quizzes/case studies/assignments and they all seemed to fall on the same couple of days. Isn’t that how it always works out? In order to keep my head above water, here are a couple tips I like to follow!
Busy week tips -
1) Stay Organized – During the busiest of your weeks it is so hard to keep track of everything and the worst thing would be to allow something to fall through the cracks. I would highly recommend a planner! I know some people are more on top of their game and use an electronic calendar but I like to keep it a little more old school, paper planner for the win. This allows me to stay on top of all my assignments and *hopefully* never miss a due date.
2) Prioritize – I think one of the hardest things to do when you are extremely busy is to realize that maybe not everything will get done or get done with the quality of work you normally do. While it isn’t ideal to hand in less than fantastic work, sometimes it is absolutely necessary. In order to know what to focus on and how to allocate your time wisely, I always make a list of priorities. This allows me to quickly scan and know what is first to get done and what is last to be done. This way you are more efficiently working and if all goes well and time is allocated correctly, everything will get done!
3) Quality of study time > Quantity of study time – It may seem like it is necessary to devote hours and hours to studying, but in my opinion it is not the total hours you spent studying but rather the quality of the time you put into studying. After a couple hours of studying where you are focused and working hard will always beat a day of studying with frequent computer/snacking breaks (my favorite kind of break). If you study hard and really devote yourself to an exam, the results will probably beat days of mediocre studying.
4) Rid yourself of distractions – I cannot study at my apartment, it will just not get done. There are too many distractions from the TV, to the kitchen, to the possibility of taking a nap…it is just a complete fail. I also think a library is just way too quiet and serious (though it is better than trying to study in my room), the best place to study for me is a coffee shop. The perfect mix of a relaxing environment but not relaxing enough that you want to take a nap. For the last couple exams/quizzes I have gone to various coffee shops and managed to get some good quality studying in. There is also the added perk of delicious coffee which can really help the studying process (I highly recommend Stauf’s and Luck Bros‘ in Grandview!)
5) Sleep – I know everyone always tells you to get a good night’s sleep but it actually does help. You wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to go instead of waking up dreading getting out of your bed. Before I go to sleep I like to review my notes once more and then put it out of my mind. It doesn’t help to dwell on journal entries while trying to fall asleep, put the textbooks down and relax…it will all be okay!
So these are just a few things that help me stay sane during a crazy week. The nice thing is that everyone is going through it together so you always have a friend to commiserate with. One good thing about a busy week is the following weekend, that is always the light at the end of the tunnel!