Student blog: On track

Student blog: On track

When we think of college, we often associate it with long and excessive papers, horrible midterms/finals, long nights, and tons of Starbucks/Dunkin Donut trips to get us through it all. . However, if you asked me how I can manage my academic, theater and professional responsibilities, I would answer “planning!” Currently, I am in my last fall semester, and let me tell you, burnout is REAL! I often find myself overwhelmed. I have a part-time job outside of my school environment, so when I’m rehearsing for a show, my daily life becomes extremely busy. Over the years I have stayed on top of all my grades by getting Dean’s List, however, there has been a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding out what has worked for me. I used to always hear the importance of time management, but it never hit me until I went through my first midterm week in November 2019. I would do things at my discretion, though. , after returning to school after a global pandemic, I had to find something that worked and was consistent. It’s reworking my state of mind.

I created a lot of bad habits like leaving plans at the last minute, not allowing my body to fully rest, and eating at times that were far from healthy, which wouldn’t allow me to give my best. by myself. After weeks of stress, I started creating/implementing my schedule. I like to think I have a personal assistant (my schedule) that tells me absolutely everything I need to do. My assistant is made up of two components, a main spreadsheet and a monthly calendar. These two elements work hand in hand to create the ultimate stress-free schedule. When creating, I wanted it to be something I would love to do, so the spreadsheet is colorful and filled with motivational images. I would be lying if I told you that it didn’t take long; however, I played my favorite music, ate my favorite snacks, and did it before the semester started to make it as enjoyable as possible. My main spreadsheet shows me all my assignments and when they are due for the entire semester. I was able to achieve this by going through the syllabus of each class. My monthly calendar is made up of all my events/work life that I have during that month. For example, some of the categories I have are Work, Gym, Assignment Deadlines, Screenings/Events, Auditions, Finding Auditions, Rehearsals, Homework Time, Birthdays and the most important rest days. It’s super important for me to schedule a day of the week where I do absolutely nothing so that my body can take a break from reality. I used to overwork myself to the point of exhausting myself quickly and not wanting to do a single thing that did not help me succeed in my weekly tasks. Therefore, picking a day, mostly Sunday, sets me up for a smooth week.

While I mentioned that I use two skills that help me balance my academic and work life on a daily basis, it’s also important to remember that life happens and schedules do in fact change. Even though I already have this very detailed pattern laid out for me, on Saturdays I create an hourly schedule for each day of the week that makes sense to me and my body. This allows me to take responsibility and have self-discipline. There’s no better feeling than getting things done, and what I created for me works for me! I want everyone to be successful and proud of their work. So if you find yourself behind on your schedule or looking for a tactic to help you plan everything, feel free to steal my idea! If you have any questions on how to create a daily monthly spreadsheet/calendar, please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can schedule a time to do it! Take care and I send you all the best vibes this world has to offer!


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