After going over…

… the reasons why planning could be helpful in the spring semester, we would like to introduce some tools to help you achieve that.

First, Take half an hour over the weekend to plan the week ahead. Use your agenda (digital or paper) to jot down all the appointments for this week to have an overview and to not miss any deadlines.

Second, write down all the tasks you would like to get done in this week in a short list.

Third, allocate these tasks to days and time slots so that you do not have to think or worry about them anymore.

Fourth, schedule time for relaxation, socializing, and for your hobbies.

This might sound simple but you would be surprised with how these small steps could bring you a long way in having an overview over the semester.

Don’t forget to reward yourself when you are done for the day!

Things …

… that I can change. These impulses for self-management may be helpful:

  • Give structure to the following day. Structures provide security and thus lead to a reduction in stress.
  • Don’t plan too full. Do not plan more than 60% of your working time.
  • Schedule breaks. Plan enough breaks and take them with a clear conscience. Only when you take care of yourself can you take care of others.
  • Set priorities. Priorities should be set when planning your day.
  • Set highlights. Give the day a highlight that you look forward to.
  • Keep an open mind to enjoyable things. One should be receptive to random beauties of the day.
  • Deliberate start to the day. A hectic start to the day, usually drags a hectic day behind it.
  • Pause and see successes. One should take the time and look at what has been accomplished and not only at the unfinished things.

What helps you to structure your day?

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It is not always a matter of course to be able to experience such a beautiful and clear starry sky in a city flooded with light.