Planning ahead is planning smart

Twenty four hours never seems like enough time to accomplish everything on your to do list. But when you think about it, if you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep, you’ve still got 15 hours in your day!

Planning ahead can help you be more productive while taking care of yourself. One strategy to consider using is blocking your schedule. I like to visualize my days and weeks like what you see on Google Calendar. There are visual “blocks” for each activity.

Start with your class schedule because that is probably the most fixed part of your life. Next, block out times for meals. Consistent and healthy eating will help with concentration and overall health and well being. Scheduling time for meals also helps you stop and take mental breaks throughout the day, even for just 10-20 minutes. Almost as important as your class schedule is your study schedule. Figure out what times and days you will be most effective for each class and block it out. Getting in the habit of studying on certain times and days early on in the semester will be easier to make it a habit. You can also add in time for exercise whether it’s a class at your recreation center or a 30-minute walk in the morning. Even though this all seems like a lot of time taken up, after organizing it all, you will see the gaps in the block and realize you have more time than you think!

There are many websites that help with organization, but Study Guides and Strategies website has many resources to help you prioritize and manage your time, as well as helpful study tips.

“It is how people respond to stress that determines whether or not they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If you have any study tips or stress-relieving practices, please share them in the comments section below. Wellness Wednesday is ASDA’s new monthly feature. If you are interested in contributing to a Wellness Wednesday post, please email editor@ASDAnet.org. 

~Emily Clark, University of Minnesota, predental

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About Emily Clark

Emily Clark is a junior at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in chemistry, with plans of attending dental school. Emily’s interests including working for the non-profit, Appalachia Service Project, in the summer. She looks forward to applying her passion for service to dentistry.

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