How to work around a busy schedule

I’ve been using my google-fu skills to no avail, therefore I’ve decided to conjure up a “how-to” guide on my own. Bear in mind that I’m coming at this from an “I-actually-need-this-guide-myself” point of view, and that I’m basing this off of inspiration from various fitness blogs on how to cram exercise into a packed daily routine. I do however think these tips apply to homework as well, therefore, let’s just jump right into it!

Utilize smaller time slots: This can include commutes or any shorter increments of downtime where you can’t pull up your books or your computer. Here you can use anything from apps to flashcards to run through what you’ve learned. If any of you are studying anatomy, like I am currently, there are a bunch of free anatomy apps in the app store, that are super handy in case you want to study on the go.

Track and gamify your progress as a motivator: This can be anything from using a streak app to literally making a game out of your study routine. This can include racing against the clock to finish a task sheet or getting a new personal best on an exam set.

Plan ahead: If you always know what lessons or plans are coming up, and work your study sessions in between these prior commitments, you’ll be less likely to use those empty time slots for just browsing Reddit or some other tomfoolery.

Make every day a non-zero day: Every day, even though it may be as late as 10 PM, and you’ve done none of the things on your study to-do-list, try to do the smallest task you can do. This can be anything from making sure you’ve packed your bags properly, to reading the first few paragraphs for tomorrow’s lesson. Even though you might not have made as much progress as you would have liked, you will still have done more than nothing at all.

I thought I'd include a sneaky image I took in the storage area above the dissection room. We're currently working on the digestive system, and today's demonstration revolved around teeth.

I thought I'd include a sneaky image I took in the storage area above the dissection room. We're currently working on the digestive system, and today's demonstration revolved around teeth.

Cut back on other engagements: If you don’t have time to study, you might have a bit more on your plate than you should. Take a second to figure out what your greatest time sinks are, and make time for bigger chunks of uninterrupted work.