Busy Semester? Not A Problem!

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Hello again, my fellow bloggers!

It has been a while since I was able to blog with all of you – five months to be exact! I am sorry that it has been so long; I have been extremely busy! And, when I say busy, boy do I mean it! After a two week hiatus from everything (classes, work, tests, deadlines, etc.), I finally decided on the perfect topic to get me back into the blogging world: dealing with the stress of being busy. How ironic!

Like I said before, I really and truly learned what busy was during my last semester. I not only took on five classes, but I also participated in an internship program for credit. The classes were difficult and kept me on my feet throughout the semester. My internship, although extremely rewarding and fun, took up a lot of my time during the school week. Balancing both, in addition to my social life, proved extremely difficult, but I did it and I conquered the semester. Each and every one of you will have a semester like this, one that works you to your core, but if you follow my few tips below, then you will be better able to handle the hundreds of tasks that you will need to do throughout the semester!

1) Use A Planner. I mentioned this multiple times in my summer series, but I cannot tell you how helpful it was for me. It helped me to keep each day organized and to remember the deadlines of each activity. Make sure to write down every event, assignment, test, and any other deadline as soon as you get them so that you do not make the mistake of forgetting them later on!

2) Make A Schedule To Call Your Family And Friends. When you are extremely busy, it can be very easy to forget to call home or your friends. By making a schedule, you can create a block of time out of your week to talk to everyone. Additionally, calling your loved ones will act as a de-stressor in your life.

3) Make Meals Ahead Of Time. When you spend all of your time studying and working, it can be hard to find times to make your meals and eat. Last semester I discovered that by making my meals earlier in the week, such as a whole box of pasta on Sunday, I was more likely to eat throughout the week when my meal was already prepared. Even preparing your lunch in the morning can greatly help and save you time!

4) Avoid Extra Extra-Curricular Activities. Do not get me wrong, it is VERY important to participate in extra-curricular activities throughout your years spent at a university. But, finding the right amount may take some time. When you are taking part in a busy semester, do not engage in more extra-curricular activities than your stress level can handle. For example, I had to take a semester-long break from my student ambassador organization on campus in order to maintain a good GPA with my internship program. It is OK to limit your activities down to a manageable level; it will make your life extremely less stressful.

5) Make To-Do Lists. I have always loved to-do lists to keep myself organized, but I really love them when I am extremely busy. Make daily to-do lists to better manage your life during your semester. Don’t forget to check off the activities that you accomplish.

6) Make Time For You. This is my most important tip! Make sure that you make time for yourself each week. You need time to relax so find an activity that can do that for you!

7) Cut Out Extra Stressors. This tip goes hand-in-hand with number four. Cut out anything in your life that can add extra stress. This can be things such as extra jobs, unnecessary classes, or clubs. There is no need for things that can cause unnecessary stress – especially during a busy semester!

8) Schedule Your Study Time. I learned to do this tip towards the end of my semester. Use your planner to schedule in study times for your classes. Make weekly slots for each class so that you are better able to manage your time. Have a test next week? No problem. Because of your weekly study slots, you are more prepared than ever!

9) Focus On One Activity At A Time. Whether you need to study, work, sleep, etc., you can only do one thing at a time. My advice? Put away anything that is not involved with the activity you are participating in. For example, if you are studying for a test, put away your phone and your worries about work. It will help you to remain focused on the task at hand.

10) Get Your Beauty Sleep. Sleep is the most crucial factor in doing well in anything! Make sure to go to bed at a decent time so that you can rest your brain and de-stress your body!

I hope that you are now better able to handle any busy semester that is thrown at you with my ten tips above!

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