Ever feel as though you agree with Dr. Seuss and say, "How did it get so late so soon"? Studying in the health professions means you move at a faster pace than previous college or work experiences. You are not alone in feeling this way! Use the resources provided in this section to help optimize the way you handle your many commitments.
Increase your awareness of how you use your time to reduce some of that "never having enough time" feeling. By addressing the underlying obstacles to effective time management, your “flow” state may be more accessible, leading to greater productivity and higher levels of happiness. Focus on these strategies:
- Balance competing activities (friends, work, family, and social commitments)
In order to understand the tools needed to improve time management skills, it helps to understand why it’s so difficult.
Prioritization is not always obvious. It can be a challenge to figure out which activities are more important uses of your time.
There are many demands and and this may leave you feeling always "on." You might also feel pressure from many competing demands on your time from many directions, including friends, family, professors, patients and classmates.
Plans change. Things come up last minute and we need to be able to adjust our schedules.
We are human beings. Sometimes we procrastinate, sometimes we get sucked into a bad TV show or fall into a YouTube rabbit hole, and sometimes we get caught up in wonderful conversations with loved ones. We are not robots, so we can’t be efficient 100% of the time.
We are online....lots! Technology can be a blessing and a curse and with the added distractions of text messages, emails and online social networks, it’s difficult to focus on the important tasks on hand.
The resources below provide tools, tips and strategies to overcome these challenges in order be more efficient and productive with your time.