Schedule “Progress” Picture
I know, it’s crazy. And I don’t even have my work schedule for tutoring yet! But these things are bound to change anyway as I figure out how much time I actually need to get certain types of work done. I think I might actually split this up into two separate schedules: “absolute obligations” (such as class, work, and meals) and “flexible obligations” (such as homework I can reschedule if something comes up). Just because there’s so much going on here haha.
I’ll probably end up working 7-9 each night, except for Wednesdays for obvious reasons, since I can pretty much set my own hours for tutoring. (Which is reaaally nice!)
But more importantly, I’ve started to come up with “rules” for my schedule. I think this is important because when you have flexible, “fake” classes, you may be prone to neglect those obligations. Even if you really want to do them. It just happens. I know I need structure, and I’m sure I’m not alone. So what are the rules I’ve come up with so far?
- Flexible obligations are only mildly flexible. They can be moved around if needed, but the time should be made up within one day. If that’s completely impossible, it needs to be schedule ASAP at a time where the work will definitely be done. However, if the work absolutely needs to get done at that time for the next class, the time is not negotiable.
- Flashcards or notes must be reviewed every night before bed, optionally every morning. It’s an easy but powerful way to review, so do NOT pass this up!
- Be strict on your bedtime and morning routines. These help to lock in the structure of your schedule and will help you sleep.
- Wake time is non-negotiable, but bed time can be. This helps to set a good sleep schedule. While bed time should also be the same each night, it’s unrealistic to think you will never have important reasons to stay up occasionally. So setting a specific wake time for every day is important. (Also, sleep debt is a myth, just get into a good sleep schedule.)
- Short breaks should be taken periodically when working. It can be anywhere as soon as after 25 minutes of work or 55 minutes (with the break being about 5-10 minutes), but make sure it’s not over an hour, even if you’re in the zone. Doing work without breaks apparently hinders learning by tiring you out. Also, be sure your “break time” isn’t something distracting or else you will likely have trouble getting back to work. Try meditating, eating, drinking, or going to the bathroom. You may even want to workout during one of the breaks!
- Let your friends know what you’re doing. Not only will this prevent them from distracting you via text message, but if you tend to be flaky about these things, they might be able to remind you to keep working or ask you what you’re working on. Whatever it takes to be on track!
If I think of more, I’ll post them with the finalized schedule! Also, just as a note, your schedule doesn’t have to look like mine to work. I just really enjoy studying and being very thorough about my work. Plus, I don’t really do much else, in all honesty.
If you want to make your own schedule using my blank template, you can download the Word file here!
(Source: healthylivingforyou, via hexaneandheels)