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Managing My Time and Mental Health

Being one step ahead is undeniably a wonderful feeling, but at what cost? I have learnt that at University, it is just as important to be OK, happy and I used to put a lot of effort into being prepared for the week before it had even started, but sometimes you have to admit, being ahead of the game is and actually not necessary. So here are a few ways that I manage my time and maintain a healthy mindset when going into each new week.

Time management is so central to any degree and maintaining a healthy mindset. I love the phrase ’ and it’s something I really try to live by. Here are a few ways I manage my time to work smarter.

  • – if it has to be done, it’s top of the list.
  • – I take on . Why give yourself an unrealistic target? It’s not worth having mountains of things to do, but never finishing them to a standard you are proud of.
  • boring but true. 7 to 8 hours is best to be productive the next day.
  • – I find I work best in the afternoon and when I get the motivation, I grasp it with both hands! Some people work best in the morning. Find out what works for you and plan your time accordingly.
  • – as the Queen of Procrastination I can say this is a tough one. So I usually put my phone far away from my bed. Or even on a high up shelf, which sounds ridiculous, but my lazy butt won’t be able to justify reaching up to get it off of the shelf when I know I should be doing something else.
  • – it’s tough but more time efficient. For example, I can have hundreds of pages to read for pre-reading, but if I have a lot of other tasks needing to be completed, then I will allocate myself 2 hours.
  • – I usually add 30% of the time I expected the task to take. This way if you run over, it’s OK and you have factored it in.
  • looking at a long list of ‘to-do’s’ is enough to stress anyone out. So plan what you need to do to complete your tasks and focus on only one at a time. I even get rid of all my other tabs, so I can fully focus on the task at hand.
  • I am a lover of chocolate and an advocate of treating yourself when the going gets tough. But, eating a healthy, balanced diet is key. Plus the gym is a great outlet.
  • – granted we all have work that runs into the weekend, but take some time off for yourself.
  • – I like to print of a calendar at the beginning of term and fill in all my deadlines and social events I would like to attend. Seeing it in this format makes everything look a lot less daunting.

Maintaining a healthy can be hard, especially when you have deadlines coming out your ears- so here are a few way’s that I rationalise my ‘to-do’s’ and maintain a healthy mindset.

  • everyone has those days where things just But tomorrow is a new day. A new start.
  • , right before bed. It’s quite therapeutic, I pour out all my worries, concerns and to-do’s and go to bed with the knowledge I’ll pick up where I left off in the morning. You can even have a chuckle with yourself when you think ‘future me can deal with that’.
  • a friend said to me that you should be your own best friend. Like the phrase ‘’ but in reverse. Treat yourself the way you treat others. Value yourself and avoid self-criticism. Make time for hobbies and the things you enjoy the most.
  • – you’re doing your best and that’s all that matters.
  • eat a healthy diet, treat yourself occasionally, drink lots of water and avoid the consumption of things that aren’t going to benefit your body, such as cigarettes.
  • . For me it’s chocolate. Some may say comfort eating is bad, but when you’ve got deadlines and need a boost, or even have had a bad day… treat yo self.
  • positive vibes are so important to maintaining a healthy mindset. People generally feel better with a bigger support network.
  • . Change what you can and don’t worry about the rest.

I hope this is helpful! Please feel free to leave any comments and I will get back to you.

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