Reflections on February
I have two conflicting goals around this time. Goal one: get through a pile of work. Goal two: Since February is (typically) cold, I want to wrap up in my bed like a little cinnamon bun and forget the world. However, February is mid semester, which means I have a lot on my plate and sadly it is not cinnamon buns.
What gets in the way for me, is allotting time for all my non-cinnamon bun related work (boring), being motivated to do these (who would?), and managing the stress that goes along with the workload (fact: cinnamon buns reduce stress). Luckily, Queen’s Student Academic Success Services (SASS) has valuable learning strategies for graduate students related to these problems.
What I like about their resources is that they offer both quick life-hackesque lists if you need help with short-term problems, and more comprehensive resources if you need help developing long-term solutions to tackling motivation, time management, and stress.
What Queen’s Learning Strategies has to offer
- Managing your time in graduate school: This resource helps you to become aware of your values and current habits, set and prioritize goals, organize your schedule, and overcome the urge to binge on Netflix for 2 days instead of working on that manuscript.
- Maintaining motivation in graduate school: This resource introduces you to theories of motivation, why is it so tricky in grad school, and tools to make a motivational plan to help you keep working on that manuscript.
- Managing stress in graduate school: This resource helps you understand what stress does to the body, gets you a measure of how stressed you are, and provides you with tools for mind and body relaxation.
Please let us know if you have used any of the Queen’s Learning Strategies’s resources and what you found helpful! Queen’s SASS also has general student resources on topics such as Presentation Skills & Anxiety; Perfectionism in Writing; Focus and Concentration; and Online tools for Focus and Attention.