Before joining ESN as a writer/editor in 2014, Hannah Eagleson wrote her series What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate SchoolÂ just after finishing her PhD in 2011.Â
Even with good coursework management strategies, semesters can feel overwhelming. Here are some more general tips for managing time and squeezing in a life beyond grad school.
1. Recognize that valuable things can be done regularly yet infrequently
If you donâ€™t have time to meet with your accountability partner once a week, do it once a month. Once a week might be better than once a month, but once a month will probably still be helpful.
If you canâ€™t pick up and see a movie just anytime, schedule one movie viewing a week or a month and stick to it. If you know a break is coming, it will be easier to face the daily grind.
2. Have a list of short tasks that can be squeezed into small chunks of time
Coursework often has a lot of small breaks â€“ an hour between classes, etc. If you make a list of short tasks, like calling the library to renew books or writing a short email to a colleague, you can squeeze them into breaks that might otherwise have gone to waste. [Read more…] about What I Wish Iâ€™d Known: Managing Time and Having a Life In Graduate School