Hi Joshua. You've touched on a subject that I think everyone deals with, and it certainly is a challenge for me managing a career. There are a few things that have helped me tremendously over the years.
- Know your priorities. Determine what's most important to you, and I would recommend you write them down in order. Then, when something comes up you can look at where it lies on the list. If you have a big assignment, things in the lower priority list may have to wait.
- Keep a calendar. I keep a schedule in Google but I also have a bullet journal and like to have a place to write things down. That helps me remember my commitments.
- Make appointments with yourself. After you factor in your class schedule, block time on your calendar for your priorities. Be sure to include time to sleep, eat, and exercise. And be sure you schedule time for fun. This will help be sure you don't get burnt out.
- Turn off notifications on your phone. Every app wants your attention all of the time. If it isn't a calendar reminder, phone call, or text message, consider whether you need the notifications or you can go to the app when you have time. If I'm not careful even now, I can lose a lot of time to social media and so have to discipline myself to not look at my phone.
- Turn off your ringer and all outside distractions when it's study time. It may be easier to do that in a place like the library where you can focus.
- Do your best work during your best time of the day. For me, that's first thing in the morning. When I was in school it was around 11pm. You know when you are at your best. Take your best time for you.
It's great to hear you are focusing on this now, because the habits you develop now will also help you avoid burnout and have much success in your career.
Wendy recommends the following next steps:
- Write down your priorities