Are you busy? I sure as hell am! Sometimes I wonder how I manage to get all the things done that I need to. Time has a way of disappearing. But as busy as I am now, I realize that it’s only going to get worse as I continue to build a career in academia.
As an undergrad, I thought 18 hours of coursework was, like, sooooooooo busy. As I matriculated into graduate coursework, I realized that I had it pretty easy as an undergrad. Yet each passing semester gets progressively more busy. Last semester I took two graduate courses, taught two undergraduate courses, collected data for my thesis, and prepared for my comprehensive exams, in addition to admin duties at Queereka and other everyday life stuff. This semester, I am trying to wrap up my thesis so I can move on to PhD coursework, which will be even more intensive. And it will only continue to get more busy as I go further along (just ask some working professors about their schedules!).
One thing I’ve learned to do well is time management. I keep a schedule in my iCalendar and am constantly juggling stuff around. I have so far managed to avoid feeling burned out on the projects I’m involved with, mostly because of time management. It also helps that I deleted my social media accounts (except Google+) and don’t spend hours a day arguing with assclowns on Facebook anymore.
What sorts of things keep you busy? How do you manage your time? Do you have any tips or tricks for time management? Do you allow yourself downtime? What do you do when things get a little too busy? How do you reward yourself for completing everything you need to complete on time?
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