Inspired by the evermore popular “Librarian Day in the Life” Series, HackLibSchool is proud to welcome guest author Rose Chou. Rose approached us and suggested an article on Time Management, which she included in a section below. As busy as we all are, how does one find time to live between work, school and responsibilities? How do you do it? Look for a related posts coming in the future from HLS contributing writer Lauren Gibaldi titled, “How to Make Time for Library School,” and this Friday from Micah Vandegrift on “How I Hacked Library School – WEB APPS!!”
Librarian Day in the Life – LIS Student Edition: Rose
9:15am: Wake up and make coffee. 9:15 seems pretty late to wake up on a weekday, but it’s because I’ll be at work until 12:30am — and I want to make sure I’m alert through all of it.
2:00-3:30pm: Look at two 15th century manuscripts for a class project. I took a lot of pictures and made extensive notes on the physical description and script.
3:30-4:15pm: Commute via metro to American University, where I work at the library.
4:15-5:00pm: I finished with the manuscripts earlier than anticipated, so I took advantage of the extra time to do some leisure reading. I’m currently reading The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss. I also read this book on the metro — I can’t put it down!
5:00pm-12:30am: Work at the AU Library, spending most of the time at the Circulation Desk. Monday night is the only closing shift I have — most of my other shifts are closer to typical work hours. I don’t mind the odd hours one day a week because it allows me to do things that are normally closed outside of the regular 9-5, such as going to the Dibner Library to do research.
12:30-1:00am: Commute back home via bus and/or cab.
1:00-2:30am: Upload manuscript pictures from my camera, edit and add them to my project wiki. Write this blog post!
On time management…
In addition to taking two online classes, I work full-time Sunday through Thursday and volunteer on Fridays — so my only day “off” is Saturday. To ensure I’m able to complete all my school work and have a social life, I meticulously plan out all my chunks of time outside of work and volunteering.
To manage my time, I use both Google Calendar and a paper planner. In addition to keeping track of assignment due dates and social plans, I assign which day of the week I will work on a specific class assignment — such as reading, listening to lectures, and writing discussion posts. I usually try to leave Sunday unscheduled as a catchall for any unproductiveness (which inevitably happens!). I also look ahead at the next week’s workload to anticipate if I need to start working on a larger project that requires more time. Having all my school work planned out really helps me determine when I can be available to meet up with friends. I know, it sounds crazy — but if I didn’t plan out all my time, I think I’d be really stressed out. This type of detailed planning probably only works if you follow it, which I try my very best to do.
I know I’m not the only student juggling multiple responsibilities — how do you manage your time?