Family, work, the laundry, dinner, balancing the bank account…and now, school. It can be a lot to juggle, even if they don’t all apply to you. How can you get it all done and keep your sanity? I ask myself this question nearly every day. So here are a few things I’ve learned and a few tips from others to help you navigate this new world of Life + Graduate School.
The last minute is a terrible time to do anything. I scan my upcoming assignments as soon as I turn in the last one. In fact, the best way to plan ahead is to read the entire syllabus, course outline and schedule of assignments within the first week of class. I make lists every week or every few days for every task that needs to be done. ‘Reading,’ for example is too broad a task; ‘read chapter 11’ is much more specific as well as manageable. The key to getting a lot of things done is to break them down into smaller, doable tasks.