I’m baaaaaack! After a brief blogging hiatus (really I’ve just been preoccupied, I know I’m terrible) I’ve returned to S&S! Believe it or not, my stress level prompted my return to blogging. As you may or may not know, my university made the transistion from quarters to semesters this year. This means we transistioned from a 11 week quarter to a 16 week semester (a pretty significant difference if you’ve been on one or the other for four years). It was all going pretty well until around Thanksgiving.
Under the old system, we took our finals before Thanksgiving and didn’t return until after New Years (a blissful six week break from school). But this year, like all other semester schools, Ohio students had to come back for two more weeks of classes and one week of finals before a month-long break for the holidays. Let me tell you, I’ve been running on caffine the last few days.
One thing I can say is that I’ve never really had to manage a school workload during the holiday season, so this is all pretty new to me. It’s tough because not only is this an adjustment for students, professors are adjusting as well. This means some of my classes are… let’s say – less than organized. This, coupled with the fact that I’m ready to be relaxing by a fire with a book has given my stress levels a major boost. So, I’ve come up with some tips to stay focused and organized during the holiday season:
1. Make lists and deadlines for yourself. Even if your classes or job give you deadlines, make your own as well at least a day ahead of the due date, and write them down. I personally feel there is no greater feeling than crossing something off a to-do list, especially when you’re getting things done in a timely manner. Also, allow yourself a day to let your project or paper sit so you can go back and proofread with fresh eyes.
2. Allow yourself some time for things that make you feel relaxed. Oftentimes for me this is talking with loved ones, catching up on shows (thank goodness for DVR!) or doing some online Christmas shopping. Budgeting yourself this time daily or weekly will help you chill out under the pressure.
3. Sleep! Eat healthy! It’s hard to come home after a long day of class and work with a huge amount of homework looming over your head and cook yourself a meal, but it’s important. Giving your body fuel it can use to help you focus is crucial. Also, while it can be difficult, try to get enough sleep, you’ll feel so much less stressed.