By Lindsey Shanck, Toppel Peer Advisor

Juggling classes, a job, an internship and whatever else you might have on your plate can be extremely stressful. It can feel like you have a million tasks to complete each day with little time left for yourself. Although it would be nice to sit back and relax, remembering that college is for exploring career paths and discovering your interests makes you want to take on new leadership roles, more classes, and join more clubs. BUT it is so important to take a step back and realize that you will never be able to discover your passions if you are too overwhelmed! This is why learning how to manage your responsibilities is a necessary skill.
1. Keep Organized
Make sure you are regularly checking up on your emails and calendar. It is so easy to forget about returning an email to a professor, miss a meeting because you forgot to put it in your calendar, or get behind on class readings because you didn’t jot them down in your calendar. Create a plan (like checking your email 3 times a day) and stick to it.
2. Create a Routine
Each week your classes remain the same, but your other obligations may not. Maintain a routine that you follow each day. Plan out the night before or the morning of, any changes that you may need to make because of an important meeting or errands that your need to run.
3. Block Out Distraction
When you are doing homework, studying, or preparing for an interview, turn your phone on “do not disturb” and do not open social media tabs on your laptop. Even just hearing the little buzz of your phone signifying a text can create a 5-minute pause from your work.
4. Remember to Allot Time for Yourself

 

You will not be able to achieve a high-test grade or land the perfect job if you are running on four hours of sleep and fast food. Create time in your schedule to exercise, eat a good meal and even take a nap if you need to. Your body and mind need time to recharge, and you will feel the difference.