Dealing with a Tight Schedule
11/24/11 07:47:00 AM
If you look back at my posts from the beginning of the academic year, I strode very nobly and smartly into the club-world of my University, dedicated to the proposition that I would NOT get overinvolved. I did, in my defense, keep that up for quite a bit of the semester, but this week marks the official defeat of my earlier resolve. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m producing a play. I’m also doing the publicity for the set of five productions it is being presented in. I also stepped in at the last minute to play a part in an adaptation of Richard III that debuts in less than two weeks. I’m also writing for two newspapers and preparing for dance recitals in two different forms of dance. Oh, and then there’s schoolwork.
I knew what I was getting into when I agreed to the most recent of my commitments, Richard III. I knew that it meant I would have to buckle down, work hard, and cut down on my Tetris (it’s my favorite game!) playing time. There have been some tough moments in the last few days where it seems like no matter how hard I try I’ll never be able to juggle things. But then I pull out my trusty calendar and see exactly what I have to do and when I have to do it by and I feel a little better. Since this semester has turned me into something of a professional activity-juggler, I thought I could share a few reminders of what it really takes to manage a ridiculous schedule.
First, it is vital that you stay organized. If you want to make sure things get done, you have to know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. The last thing you want to do is waste time scrambling for a missing schoolbook or paper when you’re working against tight deadlines. Also, no matter how hairy things get, make sure you take care of yourself. There’s no point in pushing yourself so hard that you get sick or exhausted and can’t function. Take breaks. Relax. Eat and sleep the way you’re supposed to. Finally, accept that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t do everything all the time. If you have to cut an activity or two to salvage the quality of your work on other projects, do it. And though saying this may make me the bad guy, balancing a full social schedule can be impossible if you’re wound up in a lot of time-sensitive work. Though what I said about breaks before is true, if you’re really resolved to push your way through a long schedule, you may have to make the mature decision to put some social activities on a temporary pause.
No matter what you decide to do, make sure it’s something that works for you and doesn’t hurt you physically and emotionally. Though sometimes, even just with schoolwork, things can get frantic. Relax, be organized, and find a system that works for you.