Hi FAHC kapamilya!
I’d like to share the experiences that I am going through this quarter, and the lessons that I am learning regarding time management. Currently, I am balancing my duties as the treasurer for FAHC, the fundraising officer and auction coordinator for the UW Sailing Team. vice president of the Northwest Sailing District, and as a student here at the University of Washington.
With all of this on my plate, I have learned a couple of important lessons about time management. I can honestly say that I am not the best person at managing my time, and I am always learning how I can do better. But I would like to share with you a couple of tips that I have been using so far to better how I balance my life.
1) Bullet Journals and Google Calendars are two blessings that I started to utilize my sophomore year in college. Having a Google calendar makes it easy for me to visualize what my week will look like and how my time will be spread, while keeping a bullet journal keeps me on top of the tasks that I have to accomplish.
(an example of my typical week!)
2) I always make sure to do my work in a motivating space. Sometimes I find myself doing homework in bed, or in a building that just doesn’t have the right vibes for me, and I have to move to be able to get myself into the right headspace to be able to get work done. Some of my favorite places on campus to study or to work on projects are the Computer Science Atrium, the Health Sciences Library, and Denny Hall!
(Denny Hall is the anthropology building, and one of my favorite places to study!)
3) One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it is always okay to ask for help, especially if you’re having trouble staying on top of all of your commitments. I used to feel like I was imposing on others when I asked for help, or that nobody would even want to help me get through all the work that I need to do. But the communities that I found in FAHC, FASA, and the sailing team have all been so kind and have always been there for me to lean on in times of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your time commitments, look to your communities for support!
(Me and my FAHC mentee, Emily!)
3) In order to make sure that the time I spend doing work is actually productive, I allow myself an hour or so a day to do something fun! This works for me because I am more motivated to work hard knowing that at the end of the day, I have given myself some time to go meet up with friends, or watch some television, or go out to eat. This promise of something fun helps me focus harder on the project that I am working on, and my sanity stays intact throughout the day! As I am a commuter, I tend to just schedule some time at night to watch television, which is something I always look forward to.
(Some shows that I am watching to destress!)
Good luck to everyone this winter quarter, I wish you all the best in your time management!