Staying Sane as Summer Approaches…

We’re entering the toughest part of the year. The weather is beautiful, summer is almost here…… and so many projects are due. Eek! I’ve definitely been overwhelmed recently with the amount of work I have to do, so I thought I’d share some tips.

1. To Do Lists: at the end of the semester, I like to make a list of everything I have left to do with due dates. That way it’s all in one place, and I can cross items off and watch my progress.

2. Don’t Waste Time: if you utilize all of your time in the best way possible, you can justify taking some breaks and doing some fun things in the time you’ve saved… ie. NOT spent on Facebook…

3. Break Projects Down: projects can be huge and looming and overwhelming. Which for me usually means I get too flustered to even start them. Breaking projects down into smaller goals along the way can be very helpful.

4. Stay Organized: this kind of goes with to do lists, but it applies to where/how you keep papers and notes and books, as well.

5. Color Coding Can Be Fun: okay, this one may not be as applicable to as many people, but I’ve been working on my senior seminar recently and have been using colored post-its to mark my notes. It keeps me organized and looks nice.

6. Take Breaks: while school is the most important, and you DO need to finish coursework, spending time doing other things is important too, as long as you’re productive in the meantime! Spend time with friends! Outside! Because soon, summer will be upon us, and everyone will return to their respective hometowns and jobs…

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