There are no classes to attend or meetings with your fellow students. You are free to structure your day anyway you like because there are no set routines. Some will love this freedom, while others might benefit from having a set rhythm. In general, every person thrives if he/she has a clear day and night rhythm with set times for eating. What is the best way to structure your day in these times? Let’s look at some key points.
First, ask yourself when you would like to wake up and when to go to bed. A good tip if you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning is to schedule an online breakfast with someone else. It harder to forfeit a commitment to some else than it is to yourself. Hopefully, this will help you to get up for a new day.
Second, it is helpful to plan what you want to do at the beginning of the day. Divide your day into different blocks and alternate between studying and relaxation. To make it more fun: have an online coffee or tea moment with someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
Third, make sure you set goals you are able to reach at the end of the day. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will motivate you. When you set unrealistically high goals for one day, you will not be able to finish everything. This will give you the feeling you are always behind and this will demotivate you.
Finally, it is helpful to ask for help and benefit from the experience of others around you since you have set your own daily schedule. Finding a new rhythm that is healthy and works for you can be difficult. For example, you can make a commitment with one another the keep each other accountable.
Don’t be angry at yourself when things aren’t going the way you had planned. This is can (and will) happen. Remember that the next day is new day to try it again.