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What tips can you give me about staying organized, while working, schooling, and proactive learning outside of school?

I am a full time college student, I am working part time, as well as trying to pick up programming at home. I find it very hard to keep everything organized and would love some tips. #college #graduate-school #organization #time-management #work-life-balance

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Simeon’s Answer

Try to figure out what your goals are in terms of grades and the essential things that you need to do at home. One of the best things you'll be able to do for yourself is learning to say "no" to things that are not a high priority. Don't forget to include fun and self-care on the list of priorities, but realize their is a difference between genuinely enjoying yourself and burning time on TV or social media.

Also, try to take advantage of your class schedule to make your life easier. I'd recommend taking classes that occur fewer times per week and taking them back to back. You can give yourself a lot of time back if you cut down on the amount of time you're having to walk and commute to and from classes.

Lastly, keep an eye out for work-study programs. A lot of locations, such as dorm lobbies and libraries, will allow you to study during a work shift if its really slow and nothings happening as long as you watch the desk.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Logan,


My best advice here would be to draw out a daily schedule so you can compartmentalize your obligations and commitments into buckets. There are obviously fixed variables in this situation (your work and class schedule) so write those down. Then assess your calendar and determine when, during your down time, you can dedicate an hour or two here and there to homework, programming, free time, meals, etc. It's all about time management here and the best way to do that is to visualize each day of the week and see what's most feasible.


Thanks!


Mike

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Heidi’s Answer

I would say having a good schedule that is organized and efficient would be a good start.  Make sure that is it is a schedule that you can handle and not be overwhelmed with.  Schedule time for relaxation so that you do not get burnt out.  Once you have developed a good schedule try to stick to it.  If something comes up that requires that you change it be flexible and try to schedule that missed item onto another day.  Hope this helps.

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Alexis’s Answer

I agree with the others' answers.

Block off your calendar - schedule time to do certain assignments, tasks, and exercises. However, it is equally important to schedule time to rest or do something you enjoy (even watching tv) to refuel and give yourself a fun break! I feel like many people say "get organized" and that can mean so many different things. Find a process that works for you, whether that's writing down in lists, or color coding your calendar... it can be different for everyone so find what works for you!
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