The last few weeks of the semester are always an interesting time. You have everything due at once, which for me has included 4 final projects in one week, and life can get a little crazy. No matter how much you plan out your time and think you’re ready for the grind, things can still get in your way that you didn’t anticipate. I am now giving you the opportunity to learn from my many mistakes! Here we go!
1. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT skip sleep.
When you have a lot on your plate and you’re moving at a fast pace you may be inclined to deprive yourself of enough sleep in order to get everything done. DON’T DO THIS. It will only ruin you later on. The time that I thought I would free up by staying up late just gets taken back by being tired and useless later on. I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I’m someone who needs 9 hours of sleep a night. Yes, 9… It’s ridiculous and so unfair. But I can’t function at full capacity when I don’t sleep enough so I have to stick to a strict sleeping schedule.
2. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES allow yourself to get sick.
This goes hand-in-hand with sleep. While you may not always be able to control whether or not you get sick, you can definitely take steps to preventing it. This means taking care of your body by eating healthy, staying away from other sick people, etc. There’s nothing worse than getting sick right in the middle of the busiest part of the semester, so DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU!
3. AVOID AT ALL COSTS starting a new TV show.
I’m so guilty of this every year. For some reason, I choose the most hectic times to start watching a new show that I become obsessed with and can’t stop thinking about. Last semester it was Hannibal, which is amazing and also so terrifying that I couldn’t fall asleep after watching. Definitely do not let this happen and stick to reruns of old shows for your television needs!
4. TELL YOURSELF NO when you get carried away with small assignments.
Sometimes you have to give yourself a time limit on smaller assignments in order to keep yourself from trying to perfect them. I often find myself getting carried away by spending way too much time obsessing over a reading summary or journal that’s only worth 1%. It’s all about prioritizing larger assignments that will require more time and attention when you have quickly approaching deadlines.
If you follow these very important rules, I can assure you that you’ll be on the right track to success. There will always be little things that get in your way when you have a lot of work to do and may throw off your schedule, so always always give yourself more than enough time to do what you need to do. Good luck to everybody nearing the end of the school year and see you next time!