One of the biggest consequences of the pandemic is the rise of at home working and home studying. Everything can be accessed from your laptop, and this means some students have struggled to develop a good work schedule that they can now keep to, even though in-person lectures and seminars have returned.
This blog will help you realise the essential factors of a good work schedule and how to successfully create and keep to one.
- Your mornings are so important. If you start out with a lazy morning it sets the tone for the rest of the day, and studies have concluded that mornings are the most productive times for students. It can also be easy for students to skip breakfast if they’re running late or just don’t fancy eating, but a healthy breakfast can give you energy you didn’t even know you needed for the day.
- Plan and create routines. Try and create a plan for the week or the day that will help you stay organised and on top of your workload. I know some people struggle to stick to a timetable if they are planning out what needs to be done for every hour of the day, so another idea to try is creating a list of what are high priority tasks that absolutely need to be done that day, and then low priority tasks you can get to if you have the extra time. This way it is up to you what tasks you feel like doing at different points of the day, so you don’t get too overwhelmed.
- Realise breaks are necessary. Some students might assume that a productive day means you are working all the way through it without taking any ‘unnecessary’ breaks. This is wrong! Make sure you’re planning for breaks, and take them when you need them, this might mean you take more breaks one day to the next. A quick 10mins here and there can actually help you concentrate without feeling tired and burnt out.
- Learn in different ways. This is especially relevant when you’re developing a good revision schedule. If you are focusing on learning from the exact same material e.g. reading and making flashcards from a textbook, you can get weary quicker. Therefore, make sure you are using every learning material at your disposal. Perhaps you can take a break from the textbook and watch a YouTube video on your topic that’s more engaging or listen to a podcast on Spotify.
- Deadlines and Calendars. When you start your new term, the first thing I would advise, is making a list of all the big essay/exam deadlines you have coming up. Stick this list of dates in your room somewhere that is easy to see and therefore you will always be able to see what deadline is coming up for you to prepare for. One of the biggest mistakes students can make is focusing on one piece of work and then suddenly realising they have another 3 essays due in at the same time.
- Keeping to it. You can read all these tips and tricks for how to create a good work schedule but when it comes down to it, the only way you will succeed is by developing your routines and actually sticking to it yourself. It’s not down to anyone else! Of course, everyone has their cheat days where you might skip parts or all of your routine, but by having already developed a good work schedule, its easier to maintain and be organised.
It is important to remember that everyone develops their own version of a good work schedule and what works for someone else, might not work for you!
Feel free to also book a careers appointment with Henley Careers, because they don’t just focus on helping you apply to jobs, they are there to help with your studies and to make sure you are getting the most out of University, so they will be more than happy to try and help you prioritise and organise your workload if you are struggling.