Fit some “me” time into your day
November 9, 2016
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Through the whirlwind of classes, homework, work and/or athletic practice, how are students supposed to find time for ourselves? Should we even try to find time for ourselves?
The answer is yes. We should step away from all of the hectic responsibilities of the semester on occasion. If we don’t, we will find ourselves overwhelmed.
“Taking time for yourself gives your brain a chance to reboot, improves concentration, increases productivity, helps you discover, or rediscover, your own voice, gives you a chance to think deeply and helps you problem solve more effectively,” Sherrie Bourg Carter, doctor of psychology, said in her article “Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about stealing a little time for yourself.”
As a junior in college, I have some experience in fitting a little “me” time into my day that could benefit you as well.
First, ask yourself, “What do I want to do when I do find time away from it all?” For me, I definitely like to read a book that isn’t required for class. Your choice may be different, though. It may be something you automatically know or need to explore.
Once you figure out what you want to do in your free time, you have to find when you can fit some “me” time into your busy schedule. Look at your schedule and see what times in the day aren’t filled with work, practices, clubs or athletic events. What times during the day do you do homework? What time do you wake up or go to bed?
This is where you will find time that you could potentially fit in some “me” time.
When looking at when you wake up and go to sleep, you already know if you’re a morning person or a night owl.
Personally, I know I need seven to eight hours of sleep. I wake up around the same time each day, and I prefer to fit in “me” time right before bedtime.
Evaluate how your sleep habits work. Then, you can see if that “me” time fits in when you wake up early or before going to sleep.
If you don’t like either of those ideas, look at the time blocks you have set aside for homework. Look at what homework has to get done and make a to-do list.
I usually plan the entire week of assignments and designate assignments for a specific day. I can easily find “me” time on days with lighter loads; however, heavier loads require a plan in how to attack the assignments and finish them in a way that I can incorporate “me” time.
There is also the option of taking mini breaks during homework. I find it helpful to step away from an assignment for a few minutes and read one chapter of the book I am currently reading for pleasure. It especially helps when I feel stressed, overwhelmed and/or antsy from working on the same project constantly.
It’s all about time management. I know we have all heard it, and I used to roll my eyes and say, “I’ll get it done eventually. I always get it done in time.” Making to-do lists and managing my time really have been huge helps.
Try different techniques, and see what works for you to achieve some “me” time. You’ll love it!