Kevin Cashman, Global Leader of CEO and Executive Development for Korn Ferry, recently remarked on the focus of time management during the COVID-19 crisis. "Resilience is sustained with energy management, which is contribution-focused. The alternative is to get caught up in time management, which is clock-focused and makes us feel time-starved. After all, time is the rarest of commodities—no one can make more time. “That kind of stress leads to fatigue,” Kevin observed. “We become unaware of our needs, including our health. Little by little, it dulls our awareness.”
In college and graduate school we are forced to be cognizant of time, in fact it is required of us to be aware of it in order to meet the multitude of deadlines imposed on us by instructors, peers, and staff. And while learning to manage our time in order to stay accountable to each other and ourselves is important, balancing that with what Cashman calls "energy management" can be more difficult, particuarly in times of sustained stress often interspersed with acute distress.
What follows are some resources for both time and energy management. But if you were to take one suggestion away from this month's blog it would be to give yourself permission to take breaks. Effective time management only works if we are also actively working on energy management.
Keep UP Good Habits
Ease UP on Yourself
Change things UP
Informal Weekly Goal Setting!
Join fellow iSchoolers as we set informal weekly goals! List your goals, great or small, and/or encourage others. All lists will be anonymous. Comments are anonymous unless you’re logged into padlet. The lists will be wiped weekly.
Visit this link, and click on the plus sign (+) on the lower left to add your list!
Virtual Writing Group
Sessions begin with everyone in the room briefly sharing personal writing goals for the day, then participants turn to their own research and writing tasks for a solid 90 minutes before regrouping to share personal accomplishments. Participants may attend regularly, one or more days a week, or drop in as they like. Either way, the idea is to provide connection, community, and accountability.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
9:00am - 11:00am (cst) through December 8th
To join simply login to this Moodle space: https://learn.illinois.edu/course/view.php?id=53085
Counseling Center Workshops
Time Management Workshop (asynchrnous)
Stop, Drop, and Self Control Workship (asynchronous)
Both of these workshops can be accessed by going to https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TimeManagement
Staff at the University of Illinois Counseling Center may be another good resource if you struggle with time management, test anxiety, attention and concentration concerns. You can arrange an Initial Appointment by calling 217-333-3704.
Office of Minority Student Affairs
StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and valuable resources focused on helping college students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. https://www.omsa.illinois.edu/programs/tutoring/docs/StudentLingo.pdf . This resource is available to all students!
McKinley Health Stress Management Program
The Stress Management Program offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore stress management strategies and relaxation techniques that meet their individual needs. The goal of the Stress Management Program is to help students maintain comfortable and productive levels of daily stress.
A technique developed to help break down large tasks into a series of smaller ones
A general introduction: https://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730
General academic tasks: https://at.blogs.wm.edu/using-the-pomodoro-technique-for-academic-tasks/
Purdue Global - Mastering Time Management
A collection of approachable techniques to manage one's time in college and graduate school plus link to other resources publicly available.