Time Management

Life here at Aston has been busy now that we are almost halfway done with the first term. I feel that I am now settled in and have been able to find a network of people who I can connect with and who have similar interests as me. With everything going on, it is easy to fall behind in your studies. I have had to be good at managing my time between class assignments, career outlooks, my personal life, and my religious commitments. The following are a few things that I have done to make sure I manage my time wisely and accomplish everything I want/need to throughout the week:

  1. I make sure I write everything down in my calendar on my phone. If I don’t write things down, I will forget about it.
  2. I make plans the night before for the following day. This helps me to not waste time trying to figure out what I need to be doing.
  3. I have learned to say no to things that aren’t on my priority list. There are a lot of events, workshops, and career fairs that happen here at Aston. It is impossible for me to go to everything. Though all of the events would be helpful, I have had to pick and choose which events would be the most beneficial for my progression.
  4. I make sure to take the time to relax and spend time with my wife and friends. I know if I never take a break, I will burn out and my studies will suffer. I haven’t been able to travel yet, but we plan to do some site seeing soon!  Below is a picture from exploring the local library.
On the roof of the Birmingham City Library

Though I have been very busy, I am still enjoying myself. I love the subjects I am studying and learning about. My wife makes fun of me because she catches me reading random reports and researching my interests on the Internet during my free time. Make sure you enjoy what you study and that it can be used for what you are passionate about before coming to do a MSc at Aston. If you don’t love it, you will be miserable!