Hey Future Badgers!!
As we here at Brock U move towards Reading Week and Midterm Season, I thought that it would be a great….time…..to talk about time management. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned while being a Badger, it’s that keeping on top of balancing school, social and work life is all about keeping organized with time! Below are some tips and tricks that I use to keep up with Badger life and manage my time:
1. Use an agenda!
In high school, I never realised what a lifesaver using an agenda actually was…but as soon as I became a Badger, my commitments got bigger and so did the work-load! (That’s to come with any university really…) My agenda became a key tool in knowing when assignment due dates were coming up, planning for group meetings, scheduling classes and extra-cirriculars and knowing when and where my rehearsals for plays are!
2. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
I wonder if this should be tip #1, because it’s just as, if not more, important! Here at Brock, we like to make sure that students are appealing to both the academic and the social sides of their lives so that they don’t get too overworked. I’m sure that as Future Badgers, you all want to discover Brock-life right from the get go; hitting the ground running! And that’s GREAT, but as smart Badgers, we need to make sure that we can handle the balance of both sides…so instead of joining every intramural and club, band, varsity team, or volunteer opportunity that Brock has to offer, try prioritizing what you want to do the most and give the opportunities that take up less time a shot before taking on 3 or 4 time-heavy commitments.
Visit club tables at the Brock University Student’s Union Clubs’ Fair during O-Week to see what peaks your interest and find out if you can go to the first couple of meetings without a high commitment level to see if joining the club would work with your social and school schedule.
Go to the Walker Complex for “Try-it-Out” week in September to see if fitness and other classes suit your schedule before signing up for a class that lasts the whole semester.
The key take-away here is not to take on too much at once…and of course you can help determine what is too much packed into a week by using your agenda!
3. The Rule of 8
If you’re anything like me, you work on a 12-hour clock and only know of the 24-hour day being split into two 12-hour blocks….and you’re not that good at math. Well Future Badgers, turns out that you can also split that day into three 8-hour blocks as well! Within these three 8-hour blocks, a bunch of things can be done! By splitting your day into 8-hour blocks, you can pretty much ensure that you’re using your time wisely and getting all that you need to get done…well, done.
Leave 8-hours a day for sleep!
Getting in the right amount of sleep is incredibly important in the University life, especially when everything is “go-go-go”. Sleeping for 8-hours not only feels great, but makes sure that you are well-rested to keep up with everything that the day has to bring.
Leave 8-hours a day for work!
This includes class-time and homework. Leaving time to get your homework done and be pro-active with working on your assignments. Getting assignments done early; doing research well in advance and leaving enough time to edit and review before handing it in will definitely help to make sure that you stay on top of your marks! And what better a way to keep on top of your school-life than keeping assignment dates and working-times scheduled in your agenda!?
Leave 8-hours a day for socializing!
This could be hanging out with friends, calling home, going out to watch the most recent Blockbuster at the local movie theatre (drive-in?) or sitting down for a good ol’ fashioned Netflix binge. Leaving time for socializing is absolutely key to keeping a level head, being a balanced student, and staying refreshed for the rest of the week to come!
These 8-hour periods don’t necessarily have to be “blocks” (except maybe sleeping) because doing schoolwork and classes for 8-hours straight can be quite draining! So spreading these three 8-hour periods throughout the 24 hours in a day is the perfect way to maintain a balanced student life.
These 3 time-management tricks have helped me keep a balanced life as a Brock Badger for the past year and a bit, and I sure hope that they’ll help you too!
Brock On Future Badgers!