Large mammoth projects during your studies are not for the weekend. As a result, you waste too much free time and then start the new week tired and unmotivated. What works well, on the other hand, are mini actions: small steps with a big impact. So, let’s find out what are those steps?
Clean Up Mess
Use the weekend to properly file your documents and notes that have been collected over the week. Create suitable folders and consistently staple away loose sheets. You should also clean up the clutter on your desk and/or the desktop so you can start Monday clean and tidy.
As a professional student, your equipment has to be right: do you still have enough blank pages in your notebook? Is your pen still writing? Is there enough printer ink left? Doing a quick gear check will give you peace of mind for the week ahead and you know what to get.
Take a quick, succinct look at what was covered in your lectures this week—but succinctly! Scroll through the lecture slides or skim the script. Don’t write a summary, don’t learn any details, just try to absorb the whole package in a few minutes. This makes it easier to remember the core statements and gives you a nice overview. (With regular repetition, your long-term learning effect will blow you away!)
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Summarize Lectures In One Sentence
Number 4 goes in the same direction: summarize your lecture in one sentence. But really only in one sentence! What is the most important information? Which insights are essential? What do you need to remember? Formulate a core sentence for each lecture from the past week.
If you’re already on YouTube at the weekend anyway, you can also combine the beautiful with the useful. Start a little YouTube research and look for videos on topics from your studies. You might come across interesting documentaries or useful explanatory films that will help you better understand the dry theory. And if someone asks: That falls under e-learning.
Use your free days to network and get to know new people at the weekend or expand your existing relationships. The easiest way to do this is via social media platforms or career networks such as LinkedIn. Of course, you can also go outside the door in the classic way and network at suitable events – just as you like.
The weekend is the ideal time to reflect on the past week. Ask yourself, “What went well? What can be improved?” Be honest with yourself and do a quick analysis of the last 7 days. If you think about yourself and your studies regularly, you can avoid stupid repeated mistakes and become permanently successful.
Plan The Next Week
After analyzing the past, you go one step further and plan your next week: plan your tasks and set an important goal for the coming week! This gives you an orientation and makes it easier for you to concentrate on your upcoming challenges.
Catch Up On Sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your success in studying. If your week has been stressful, you’ve had to work a lot and you’ve only been on the road, you should balance your sleep budget at the weekend. So: get a good night’s sleep so that you can start the new week fit! Finally, here’s something about sleep patterns.
On weekends, you should only do what is necessary for your studies and use your free time to rest or have fun. Your everyday university life is stressful enough and you need regular breaks to get at least a little balance.
But if you still want to work at the weekend, mini-actions are particularly well suited for this and can really get you ahead: You can throw them in between, don’t have to overcome yourself and you’ll be done with everything quickly.
Take 2 or 3 of my examples to start and try out which actions work well for you – and which don’t. In the long term, you will build up powerful routines that will make studying easier and save your free time at the weekend.