Time management between terms

While it can be overwhelming at times, I think school during term-time sets a good tempo for life overall.

By contrast, working in a job that can be expected to continue indefinitely lacks contrast and rhythm; it risks becoming a dispiriting grind.

Totally unstructured time, on the other hand, is rarely as good for advancing long-term projects as a person might hope. It’s the inflexible dedicated blocks in a schedule that lend structure to everything that happens around them. With few or no time-specific commitments, one’s schedule has a tendency to get flabby, low priority activities can end up occupying an unjustified amount of attention, and sustained forward motion on important projects can be hard to sustain.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

One thought on “Time management between terms”

  1. I agree completely! I get much more done now that I have a full-time job than I ever did in my 6 months of unemployment.

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