Productivity 101

By Josie Bobeck

As the upcoming school year approaches, so does the impending stress of managing classes, extracurriculars, work, social life, self care, and so on…thinking about it all just sounds stressful, right?

The truth of the matter is college is always (to some extent) going to be stressful. There’s no getting around it. What everyone can do, though, is learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. Here’s how:

Find a way to stay organized and stick to it. Whether it’s using Google Calendar, using a planner, or bullet journaling, having a way to look at your daily or weekly obligations puts everything into perspective.

Utilize to-do lists. Some days might be busier than others, but nothing is more satisfying than crossing tasks off.

Get enough sleep. I know when I’m tired, I tend to get emotional. Rest when you need to instead of running on empty. You’ll be more productive if you’re feeling awake.

Find emotional support. Sometimes stress gets to be too much, and while some stress is totally healthy, there’s a line that can be crossed sometimes. If your stress escalates, sometimes it just helps to take a step back and talk to someone. CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) has support groups and free counseling sessions for EMU students. Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone, you know?

Remember your passions. Whether it’s making art, working art, or public service, make time for what makes your heart happy. It’s an important part of self-care, and everyone needs to take care of themselves.

Josie Bobeck is a senior majoring in written communication and minoring in communication. She is currently the VP of Public Relations, previously serving as VP of Member Relations. Josie hopes to one day work in a creative environment in a big city or for a record label doing publicity. Connect with Josie on Twitter at @Josephine3laine or by email at jbobeck@emich.edu.
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