How to Manage Bluestone, Classes and Internships (Oh My!)
The oxford dictionary defines senioritis as: A supposed infliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance. Coming from a senior herself, there’s nothing supposedly about it. While trying to shove in the last year of living with my best friends, searching for big girl jobs (uh oh), and continuing to maintain a strong GPA, it constantly feels like I’m drowning. And then on top of that, add a very increased lack of motivation! I’ve done this for three years already, I need a break!
One of the best ways I’ve found myself able to stay afloat is through organization, time management, and sticking to the schedule I create for myself, as cliche as this may sound. Below, I’ve highlighted some tips and tricks that have allowed me to keep up with all of my classes, extracurriculars, internships and still leave time at night for Netflix binges with my friends!
Find a planner that works for you. This may sound mundane and not important to many, but trust me! When you find a system that works for you, and makes you excited to plan your days and to-do lists, you’ll be much more inclined to follow through. For example, I have found that typical weekly planners don’t work for me, all I need is a spiral notebook. A blank notebook allows for complete freedom for me to write as much or as little as I want, use all the colored pens my heart desires, and not feel restricted when planning.
Color code. Maybe this is the twinge of OCD that I have coming out, but color coordinated calendars and to-do lists keep me entertained when planning my crazy days. Not only does it excite me, it also helps to keep me in order. I know that pink is for my internship, yellow is for Bluestone, blue is for classes, and green is for tutoring! And if you want to take it overboard like me, orange highlights are very important, whereas purple I can come back to at a later date ;).
Create time for just work. I have found, especially in this last semester, that if I can bang out all of my work Monday-Thursday, I don’t have much to worry about much when the weekend rolls around. And on a more smaller scale, if I have classes and work meetings in the afternoon and Bluestone in the evenings, 8am-12pm is my prime time for organization, homework, studying, etc. Furthermore, finding a space where you know you can really grind is important. While it’s very fun to sit in the living room with my roommates, I’m not very productive. And while it’s comfortable to lay in bed and work on my laptop, that just turns into a recipe for disaster. I’ve found that clearing a space for work, such as my kitchen table, allows me to spread out, get in the zone, and really focus on my work for my hour spurts.
Create time for yourself! Out of all my tricks and color coding craziness, this tip is by far the most important one. Think of it this way - if you run 10 miles and don’t stretch after, what happens to your body? Similarly, if you work 5 days a week and don’t give yourself some time to relax, what happens to your mind? Time for yourself can look different for anyone. For me, I love to do yoga, go on walks, go to coffee shops and have movie nights. I always make it a goal to have everything complete and organized for the next day by 8pm. After 8pm, my laptop goes away and my feet go up. What do you find works for you?
Of course, these are the things that work for me to stay on top of my work and not let senioritis take over, but use this post as a guide and take the tips and tricks and tailor them to what works for you!