how do balance freetime, managing this studyblr, and school? what does your schedule look like if your constant, if you don't mind me asking?
Ahahaha, it’s a bit of a challenge actually! I’m going to answer this question specifically about me, rather than answering too much about how to time manage - if you want that, then send me another ask :)
There’s a fine line between being on top of things and being behind, so I guess I just try little things to save time? I think a lot of people tend to underestimate the amount of time you need to invest in studying to get good results.
A picture says a thousand words so here’s what this week looked like. As you can see, gray is for unavoidable errands. I only have the times marked in bright blue available for actual studying. Clinic also runs overtime regularly and can sometime cut into lunch. I don’t get a break for dinner on Thursdays because of clinic, so I’m packing some Up and Gos for tomorrow lol
Things I do to try and turn some of those gray areas into bright blue study areas are:
- I try to answer inbox questions on the bus,
- I try and do patient logbooks on the train rides, and
- I cut out my extraneous hobbies like watching drama episodes once university starts. I still have some things that I like doing day to day to relax a bit, like browsing tumblr and knetizen comments which I do when I’m eating breakfast and lunch
- Saturdays I take sort of like a weekly break (for the sake of my sanity) where I do more lengthy leisure things I’ve been unable to do, and errands/chores like cleaning, vacuuming and ironing. Sometimes I’ll study instead depending on the workload from uni. If I really need to study for something, I’ll usually reduce the chores that I do.
- Sunday I pretty much just study after I get errands done, so I get anywhere from 6 to 12 hours of university work in.
- I always try and do work during any break at uni that’s longer than 1 hour. A lot of people really could stand to get some of their uni work out of the way during this time, but instead they’ll have 2-3 hour blocks where they just talk to someone or do some online shopping.
Getting work done is important and so is taking breaks and sleeping enough. It’s been really exhausting this past week and a half though because as you can see I often get home around 8pm or later, meaning only 1-2 hours to study after dinner and a shower, and that’s if I sleep at 11pm-12am ㅠㅠ I also have to wake up at 6am sharp every morning, get to Central station at 8am so that I can get to university at 9am ㅠㅠ
So yeah, it’s hard to balance at this point in time because I have so many clinics, but after these two weeks I do have a break from one of the clinics, so I get Tuesday morning off. ‘
Time management is all about squeezing things in during downtimes like bus and train rides so that you have more time to study/pursue other hobbies if you so wish.
Hope that’s informative :)