Reprioritizing While Remote

Mikaela Turner, Sports Writer and Editorialist

In the first few weeks of school I found myself using the limited time in between classes along with my free periods  to catch up on sleep. With my sleep schedule still suffering from this past summer, I needed all the help I could get. On the other hand, I found myself overwhelmed drowning in homework at the end of the day. 

Tired of the work catching up to me I decided to change some things. As my sleep schedule slowly improved, so did my time management. I used the breaks to start new assignments or finish old ones, preferably paperwork to decrease screen time. If I didn’t have any, I’d tidy up my desk space. Online and hybrid alike, my room is now where I spend most of my time, whether I like it or not. So, keeping one’s space clean is key to sanity.

 According to an article by Forbes one should “Designate a room of your home (or at the very least, a large section of a room) as your home office. By having a dedicated space that’s all yours for business purposes, you’ll have a better chance of working productively and minimizing interruptions.” to successfully work from home.

Ms. Jester, a school counselor at Mercy, suggests to “keep to a routine as much as possible (especially on the days you are virtual at home). Create a homework schedule so you stay on track and avoid procrastinating.  Find a system for staying organized and stick with it. Use your planning sheets or a planner to help you map out what needs to be done. (When we try to keep everything in our head things can easily get missed or forgotten!) Take breaks when you need them- get outside, go for a walk, listen to music, dance, journal, sing, spend time with family- do something you enjoy to reduce stress. Self-care is essential! “

If I do find myself in desperate need of a break, I’ll give it to myself. While being productive is important, you don’t want to burn yourself out. If you do find yourself opting for a breather, I second Jester’s suggestion on going outside. The Harvard Health Letter writes; “Your vitamin D levels will go up. You’ll be happier. Your concentration will improve.” as some of the benefits among numerous others of spending time outdoors. So, know yourself and your limits. If taking a break, be sure to write down any assignments you need to complete later so it doesn’t get lost or forgotten in the ever expanding depths of your device.

With so much control over our schedules, it’s easy to allow yourself to slack off which can lead to a domino effect of consequences. So make sure to take a step back and evaluate your needs. Less screen time? Cleaner workspace? Time outdoors? All of the above? The options are endless, and it all boils down to the importance of prioritizing your health whether it’s mental or physical. So get to it!