Prepping for Grad School: Balancing Work & Life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

August is just around the corner, and those of us in college or graduate school are preparing for classes to start, signing up for assistanceship positions, organizing our research calendars, and possibly moving into new places before the school year gets into full swing. Balancing our time during this preparation period can be difficult and stressful, so I put together a few tips to help ease into this transitional month.

Plan everything out in advance and make a to-do list. I am a huge fan of lists! Before we even get into August, I make a plan of everything I have to accomplish before the first day of school, and then I organize that list by priority. For example, I know I want my thesis proposal done before school starts, so it is at the top of my list, along with my due date I assigned myself. Things on the middle/lower half of my list are items like ‘buy school supplies’ or re-organize office drawer files. Those things can wait if need be, and then I get the most important things done first!

If you’re moving, help yourself out by using a furniture rental service. I wish I had known about this when I moved into my apartment for graduate school. CORT Furniture Rental is a national industry leader in the furniture rental space that help students be better prepared and ready to live in new places. What I love about CORT is their accessibility to so many campuses across the university, and they offer to deliver it and set it up before you arrive. If you rent furniture from CORT, you get the furniture you need when you need it, and once you are done with school, they take it away. This can be so helpful when you’re trying  to setup a stylish new space that feels like home, but you don’t necessarily have the time or extra money to purchase all new furniture and organize it in a space. Convenience from CORT will definitely help if you’re moving so close to the start of the school year!

Set time for yourself. Balancing work and life is so difficult when preparing for big changes in life, like starting graduate school or college. Making sure to schedule out time for yourself {even if that time is set for Netflix and nothing else} can be really important for your mental health. For me, this tie is exercising and meal prepping. Once I’ve taken time out of my day to sweat and to plan out my meals for the coming hours/days, I feel so accomplished and much more relaxed! Set yourself up for success when school comes by not being burnt out before it even starts! I love to set aside a time each day to “waste” and not do anything productive as well. That way, when my productive time comes around, I’m ready to kill it!

What are some of your tips to preparing for the start of the semester? Let me know in the comments below!

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