Friday, November 13, 2015

Worrying about work when you're not at work


The article I read explains how studies have shown that people struggle with detaching themselves from work or tasks that are left unfinished. It discusses how people who plan their schedules tend to be less stressed out, rather than those who don't plan at all. This connects to the idea of being overly stressed, as reviewed in class, and putting too much on your plate to handle. Not everyone works as a teenager, but this can also connect to school, dance, sports, etc. Personally for me, I was never one to have missing/unfinished assignments, an increasing number of tardies to my first period, and bad grades. However, since my senior year started, I have been so stressed out every single day and all of these things keep naturally happening on it's own at this point. As it all builds up, it's almost like a domino effect because being stressed out makes me lose sleep, then motivation, which leads to lack of energy, and finally the desire to not even try in school. I do cram way too much than I can handle within my schedule, and this causes too much pressure/stress!!! Since I know that I'm not the only student struggling with this, I was wondering:
  • What are some other ways (other than planning) do you cope with balancing your days?
  • Do you guys experience this domino effect as well?
  • For students that work outside of school; any advice on managing time?
  • Do you guys believe that planning helps relief stress?
  • If you guys were/are in the same boat, how did/will you plan to overcome this?

16 comments:

  1. i find that in situation like this I would have a schedule on my phone which would manage my time

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  2. Honestly, I find that getting work done as early as possible is a great way of balancing my day. I try to get my work done as my first priority and usually when it gets to 10pm I have some time to myself. Although I don't necessarily plan exactly what I do beforehand, I always follow a general routine, which helps me balance my day.

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  3. I type out whatever I need to do on my tablet, to keep track of things. It especially assists me in keeping track of college apps.

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  4. I can relate to this article on so many levels. I currently am stressing about many things I have to do with deadlines coming up and I feel like I can't deal with it other than ignoring it or doing one assignment at a time. I wish I was an organized person and I am looking into keeping a planner. I'm usually able to remember things well and a visual reminder of my deadlines may stress me out more, but it will also push me to get things done.

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  5. I found the domino effect that you talked about very interesting really interesting because I had never thought about it like that. I do think that the domino effect has been happening to me, especially since senior year has started because I have been noticing that I've been getting a lack of sleep, due to having to much work, which caused me to lose my motivation, which ultimately has made me stop caring as much about school. Something that I do that helps me when I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, is to take a little break. This may cause some people to just think more about their work, but giving your mind a break is always a good and healthy thing to do. Planning is usually one of my go to coping mechanisms when I feel stressed because it helps me to stay organized and makes me feel like I can get through the day.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! Reading these definitely make me feel like I'm not alone in this.

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  6. I found the domino effect that you talked about very interesting really interesting because I had never thought about it like that. I do think that the domino effect has been happening to me, especially since senior year has started because I have been noticing that I've been getting a lack of sleep, due to having to much work, which caused me to lose my motivation, which ultimately has made me stop caring as much about school. Something that I do that helps me when I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, is to take a little break. This may cause some people to just think more about their work, but giving your mind a break is always a good and healthy thing to do. Planning is usually one of my go to coping mechanisms when I feel stressed because it helps me to stay organized and makes me feel like I can get through the day.

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  7. I do think that I manage my time as well as I should. I often feel behind or stressed in school. I believe that planning is a viable solution to relieve stress. It makes you more organized and improves your performance in school.

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  8. I do think that I manage my time as well as I should. I often feel behind or stressed in school. I believe that planning is a viable solution to relieve stress. It makes you more organized and improves your performance in school.

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  9. I strongly agree with this article work could be very stressing and not just work all the other stuff you do through out your day. But yes I do believe that making yourself a schedule can really help with managing your time and you don't feel that stressed out. It works for me.

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  10. For me, when I am low on sleep and super stressed out, I go into what I refer to as "damage control mode". I know I have a TON of homework, and I know I only have a finite amount of time which will not be long enough to do my homework in. To combat the stress of having such an intense workload I rank my assignments by their importance, for I know that I won't be able to get everything done, and I accept that.

    With regards to work, try to get a fixed schedule and find a job which will allow you to pick your hours. I work as a lifeguard at UCSF during the weekends, and I always make sure I have enough time to complete my homework. In fact, when I am pressed for time, I often bring homework to work and complete it on my break.

    Time management is everything

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  11. Agree with the article. Work really stresses you out. Having a job means you have more responsibilities and certain rules/working condition that you have to follow. This can be stressing sometimes. The benefit of working is that you're getting money and gaining experience for the futures.

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  12. On Tuesdays, I decide what homework I'll do that night or on Wednesday night since we have block which is really helpful. I also make a deadline for when I have to stop messing around and start working which is around 4:30 or so usually. I also experience this domino effect as well for not getting enough sleep leading to not wanting to try to so hard in school which I'm trying to not allow. I do believe that planning relieves stress- everyday after school I write on a Post-It a list of what classes I have and the hw for each of them. Being able to physically cross off something you completed just makes me feel better and less overwhelmed. I plan to overcome this by being a more organized person since my room isn't super neat which makes it pretty easy for me to be distracted then get less sleep.

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  13. I know exactly how you feel! I remember when I was working I'd always be stressed out about all the homework I had to do. Then, when I went home to do homework, I'd be stressed out about the time crunch I have on the next day that I'm work. I do experience this domino effect, especially since it's senior year, and not only do we have school and college apps to worry about, but most of us have sports and clubs as well.

    The way I usually cope with stress and all of the duties I have to do, is by making a list. I think lists are very affective because they organize what tasks you have to do and the amount of time you have to do them. In addition to making lists, i prioritize. For example, let's say that I have soccer practice to attend, but I also have so much homework and projects due the next day, I'd either go to soccer practice for an hour, or just tell my coach I can't make it because I'm swamped with school assignments.

    In regards to your last questions, I would say you need to plan out your schedule so you can check of all the tasks you've accomplished and you'd know which ones you have left to do. On top of that, you should talk to your boss about the days you want to work. This is because if you're working too many days and hours in a week. most of your time is consumed by working rather than getting your school work done. It's more beneficial if you work less and study more so you can get a higher paying job in the future.

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  14. I can completely relate to this aricle/your personal connection. I agree that with all the homework, senior activities, and work I am always feeling stressed and unmotivated. This also affects my sleep, day time energy, and focus. Although, to try and keep on track I am huge on writing things down: making a to-do list. Almost every day (or week, depending on work load) I write down each homework assignment and the due date. Being organized like this actually really helps me de-stress. I use this as a check list so I can make sure to get what needs to be done, on time. I still find myself overwhelmed no matter what but writing and planning out things really does help. I also work outside of school so I like to plan ahead (although it doesn't always work). But when I can I try to do homework before work, instead of relaxing right away so that I can go to bed at a decent hour. I haven't overcome my obstacle at managing time completely because I still tend to procrastinate but I definitely recommend keeping a planner and organizing work/homework/due dates.

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  15. I completely agree! when i was working and going to school it was extremely stressful, i even had dreams about messing up peoples drinks. I think the post is very important for those who may be thinking about getting a job or picking up that may cause them even more stress.

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