After Christmas break, it is time to get back to school, work, internships and late Sunday homework.
Many students start the semester with the same goal – plan ahead and don’t leave anything for the last day. However, not many keep it for long. The excitement of a new semester, having new classes, meeting new people and learning new things always pushes one to do better and try to keep it up. But the truth is that it barely happens.
Not matter how many agendas you buy, or color post-its or highlighters, if you are not really willing to stay up to date with your work, then it won’t happen. Plenty of times students have heard from teachers and other peers, tips and ideas on how to be successful for the semester, but reality is that those only help for the first week.
My goal was to keep blogging daily or at least try, and it’s obvious that I failed. It is easy to plan your hours before starting the semester, but once you start your internship, work, and classes, it is harder than you thought. However, not impossible.
I found it helpful to have ‘to-do’ lists everywhere, in my purse, my room, my agenda, and my phone. Also, setting up alarms for little things you are most likely going to forget. Avoiding working on the bed or sofa is helpful as well. If you have a desk, use it. Bring your computer, if possible, everywhere. Take the opportunity of working on projects on-the-go. Have extra clothes and a toilet bag in your car, just in case you can’t afford to spend time driving home and have to stay at a friend’s nearby. These are some things that have helped me throughout my career to stay focus and finish my projects on time. It doesn’t always help, because again willingness is the key, but it has definitely helped many late nights.