By Amaraizu Genius
What Works for You
Everyone is unique and what works for each and everyone might often be slightly different. The first step in organizing your schedule is to learn what works best for you. By this, I mean, what are the platforms, materials, styles that you can embrace and it perfectly serves the purpose of scheduling for you. While some might prefer using their mobile phones or mobile applications or even PC, others want to feel, touch and see their calendar in paper. Scheduling on electronic platforms has its own advantages, which include but not limited to receiving a notification or reminder on what you need to do at a particular time. Likewise, using paper stickers on your wall, or some form of sticker notes might work better for you – especially if you love to have a more tangible notification by sight. Understand the system that works for you, that’s the point.
Outline Your Priorities
I am here to tell you the truth, and nothing but the truth. Your academics is the “number one” priority. Depending on your program of study, it will likely get intense in the coming weeks. You might be faced with assignments upon assignments or even monthly exams. Having your academic calendar on your wall or your mobile app/computer calendar is the first step, and this should be followed by developing a study timetable. This is one good way to be ahead, and thanks to the structure of learning at Södertörn University; here your entire reading list is made available weeks before your course start. Read ahead – make it part of your calendar, a top priority.
However, there are other categories of priorities and these can include cooking, cleaning of your apartment, daily exercise or even keeping in touch with friends and family on phone or social media. Categorize these priorities properly, outline them and be sure of things that don’t deserve to make the list. And of course, sometimes you may have random tasks that are neither urgent or difficult to complete. You can segment such tasks according to their own levels of priorities and record them somewhere in your calendar. These tasks may include meeting a friend for fika or taking a ride to the city or even returning a book to the library.