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I Tried Scheduling Everything For A Week–Here’s What Happened

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Concordia CA chapter.

I have to admit—my time management skills during my first year at university were extremely subpar. I waited until the last minute to do many assignments, using the excuse, “I work better under pressure” to justify my bad decisions. My eating schedule was extremely off. I was basically terrible at being an “adult”. However, last spring, one of my very organized friends wanted to help and bought me a week calendar. We went over each of my days, filled out my class schedules, and then she blocked out times for me to study for a particular class, eat lunch, watch Netflix, etc. Something amazing happened. I actually followed this calendar.

Summer came and went and I had a new class schedule on my hands. Being the gullible person I am, I thought I would be fine. I don’t need a calendar to follow, right? I was wrong. A few months in I was falling back into my old habits. I stepped up my time management game by colour-coding my planner, and this semester was gifted a desk planner. These have been game changers for me, yet I still wanted a way to keep on top of my assignments and daily life down to the hour. I decided to block out study hours and meal times on my daily planner. Here’s what happened.

At first, I was excited. I went to the library and followed my study plan, doing reading for one class for an hour and switching when the time was up. The second day I strayed a little bit, simply changing up the classes I’d study for at specific times and eating meals at a different time. However, the third day I was exhausted. I had barely gotten any sleep the night before, and just wanted to nap all day. I felt incredibly guilty for cheating out on my challenge, yet I needed to do what was best for my body and well-being. The other days were a little rocky, and I ended up just creating a checklist for what I needed to complete each day. I found that to be a lot more manageable.

Overall, I would call my challenge to myself a success. Although I did not follow each day’s plan, I figured out what time management method was best for me—a daily checklist, and two planners. I found that a strict plan only made me anxious to follow what I wrote down, forgetting that I am human and if I need to eat earlier or nap in between study breaks, it’s okay. If time management is a huge struggle for you, challenging yourself to become just a little more organized—maybe by buying a new planner, or making lists—is a huge step in the right direction.


Sarah Bubenheimer

Concordia CA '22

Sarah Bubenheimer is a fourth year student at Concordia studying Philosophy, Law & Society, and Western Society & Culture. She is a Councillor for the Concordia Student Union and the Academic & Accessibility Coordinator for the Students of Philosophy Association. She is passionate about lattes, lipstick, and philosophy, and can always be found at a cafe listening to Taylor Swift. 
Amanda is a Journalism and Creative Writing major at Concordia University in Montreal. Writing has been her passion for as long as she can remember, and is the reason why she's been pursuing it throughout her University career. She has been working on a novel-length story since high school that she hopes to one day publish. Journalism pricked her interest in her last year of high school when she took an optional class. Amanda joined a group in class, and they had to make a plan for a contest on how they would document the humanitarian work in Peru. They won first place, and had the chance of traveling to a small community in Peru where they had the chance to interview and meet volunteers and citizens. It was at that moment that Amanda knew what she wanted to do in life.