I found the insights from Four Questions to Help You Overcome Procrastination very useful. Instead of fighting procrastination, I’m interested in the concept of dissecting it and working with it. Asking what one thing I can do to get started, make progress, etc. has gotten me out of a slump many times in the past.
I was immediately attracted to the title Realistic Study Plans, but after reading it, I found myself feeling annoyed. It actually seemed less realistic. I can’t really guess how many hours it will take to do something, to be honest. What I do know for sure is how many hours I have to spend at work and how many hours I have to spend at school. I fill the rest in between with coursework and study. I don’t find it effective to try to schedule everything out to the minute because I find that my plans never quite work out the way I intend them to.
So then I read Time Management Tips Just For Creatives, which is clearly more up my alley. The very first point hit home with me: managing not just my time, but my energy. It takes energy to print out all those planners and create a detailed calendar like the previous post wants us to do. It’s more effective to measure out how much energy it will take to get done what needs to get done and then plan accordingly.