Students leaders have tendency to commit to several activities during the semester. On top of a class schedule, students will sign up for student organizations, volunteer, hold part-time jobs, and manage a social life. Very enthusiastic leaders might sign up for too much that they can handle. When setting your schedule, consider these tips:
Run through an example scenario of your day
Sometimes a schedule may make sense visually on your calendar, but can be physically exhausting when actually fulfilled. Take a day or two to run through your day on that current schedule. Did things pop up that you forgot to schedule? Did you have time for homework, sleep, and mental breaks? Keep in mind that you will have to manage that schedule for several weeks – sometimes up to five days a week, which can lead to burning out.