Once you’ve determined what needs to be done in what order, set yourself a schedule. But make sure it’s a realistic one. Giving yourself 28 hours of work to do in 24 hours just won’t cut it. Write down everything that may affect your available time, including:
- Work time
- Personal time
- Travel times
- Break times
- Sleep time
- Time with the kids (four-legged kids included)
- Unexpected time (in other words, include some time for unexpected events)
Don’t stop here if you can think of more items. It’s your list…
You don’t have to go to extremes, just be comfortable that you understand how your days will play out, so you can be comfortable with the times you have set aside for your university study.
If it’s looking too tight, don’t ignore the warning signs, they’ll come back to bite you. be practical and see what you can adjust to make things work. Perhaps you could study on the bus? Or watch a lecture while you eat? Be realistic. If your schedule just doesn’t seem to work, don’t just assume you can push through and everything will magically fall into place. You’ll set yourself up for a fall. That’s what Flinders Student Support Services are for.