Based on how last semester went, I already knew that this semester would be a little rough. The biggest challenge that I faced and currently am facing is keeping up with due dates and assignments.
In general, keeping up with due dates and assignments can get a bit challenging, but when you add other things like work, practices, and this pandemic into the mix, it can get a bit chaotic. While remote learning can provide flexibility for one's schedule, it can also cause a person to lack routine. And this was the case for me.
I never realized how much physically going to classes or meetings provided me with a sense of structure to my day until now. Currently, most of my classes are remote, which means that I am more often in my room. And as each day goes by, I am beginning to realize how sluggish and lazy I am starting to feel. I hate it.
So, as of today, I will start implementing and doing little things to make myself feel more energized, motivated, and on track:
- Wake up earlier
From experience waking up earlier makes me feel more productive throughout the day. It also gives me more time in the day to get what I need to do done.
- Implement an exercise routine of some sort into my day.
Implement an exercise routine of some sort into my day.
Exercising is not only good for my health, but it also makes me feel a lot better too afterward. A safe way to stay active during this pandemic is to do some "at home" exercises. It doesn't have to be crazy intense, but just enough to get you moving. Or another option is to find time in the day to go to the gym (if that's what you prefer) but keep in mind social distancing, masks, and sanitizing!
- Write things down and/or create to-do lists.
I recently started writing things down more frequently (in several places) and began creating daily checklists for myself with something that I want to complete or get done that day. So far, I am finding it helpful, and it makes me feel less overwhelmed. I write things down on my calendar, planner, dry erase board, and even on sticky notes to remind myself of what needs to be done and when.
- Find the right balance between work and relaxing.
This is something I have a hard time doing. I go through periods where I feel like I am not doing enough, so I start overworking myself. But then there are other times where I give myself too much free time and then get nothing done. While this is something that I still am figuring out, I think, in the end, it will make me feel a lot better.