Multi-tasking is magicians’ work

University life is non-stop. In between lectures and seminars, essays and exams, we still need to find time to train for sports teams, attend societies, partake in a part-time job, make an appearance at Crisis/Ocean/Market Bar. There seems to be a never ending list of to-do’s that will literally take up every hour of your day. Never has there been a time in my life where I have been so chaotic in trying to control everything that is going on around me and no matter how hard I try, I always feel like I’m two steps behind. How are we supposed to manage such a mountain of tasks and maintain our sanity?

There is a significant difference in my current approach to that which I adopted in first year. Last year, lectures and the library were the first to go if I was feeling hectic, and sleep was my main priority. And whilst this was brilliant and kept me quietly content for those wonderful 8 months, it would appear that such laziness will not help me make it through this second year. You’d think by this point in the term, I may have discovered some miracle cure for the diminishing hours in any given day, and somehow found a way of staying home and doing work whilst simultaneously going out and socialising with friends, but alas I have had no such luck.

It could definitely be a personality thing. Some people thrive in having busy schedules, getting off on filling their Blackberry calender with events, and by some miracle manage to do it all. I am not fortunate to be graced with such super powers, and am far too easily tempted away from those monotonous tasks that stay on your to-do list for far too long. And as far as multi-tasking goes, I can just about manage to check Facebook, text my friends and watch television at the same time- if only this could translate to writing essays, whilst reading and sitting in a lecture.

University certainly brings out your organised side, or it at least it should. Multi-tasking is not only advised, but is essentially necessary just to get through that mountain of activities/work/socialising. The university offers workshops in career choices, how to perfect your CV and various other activities- but they definitely need to start one in multi-tasking so we at least have a chance at making it through university in one piece!

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