What I learned as a graduate student is completely different than what I learned as an undergrad. I had more time in undergrad to put things off and procrastinate basically.
This is what I learned about myself as a grad student:
I had a weekly reminder in my phone that let me know when to write out my schedule. Writing out my work for the week let me divide it among the days. Some days I had barely anything, other days there was more. Also, if I had papers with large word counts, I’d break it down smaller and work on it bit by bit until complete…even if that meant starting a month before the due date. I learned making my weekly work schedule gives me the time I need to complete every task.
We hear everything about time management. I learned quickly that time management is key. I got the bulk of work done during my 12-hour shifts at work so I’d break my work down into 4 hour blocks with small breaks during those blocks. It kept me sane and less overwhelmed. I felt like I was accomplished when I’d finish everything.
Maintaining some sort of balance became a struggle at times. Between work and classes, there were definitely times when I just wanted to lay in bed all day and binge watch the Cooking Channel. To keep some sort of balance, I’d try and do something for myself completely unrelated to school. Did that happen all the time? Of course not.
Doesn’t it suck when you realize you’ve scrolled Instagram for 30 minutes and you can’t get that time back? My phone is the biggest distraction of them all. When I’m thinking just 5 minutes to take my mind off work is cool, it’s never that long. What I learned to do is actually implement the 5 minute rule to not end up down the IG rabbit hole.
Sad(not really) to say, I’m done with school and I graduate in a week. These last 2 years went by super fast and idk how. I’m ecstatic to see what happens for me next with my MA degree…who knows, I’ll probably go back for my Ph.D *Kanye shrug*