Adjusting to online classes can be hard, and I found it especially hard this semester with our lack of a Spring break to look forward to. Although our wellness days helped, I still found myself spending those days staring at a screen to do homework or to take a break by watching TV. It felt like no matter what, I was always looking at a screen. Now, being a pro at online classes, I thought I would share how I have managed my screen time better this semester.
1. Restrict the time spent on your phone
Since I spend most of my time on the computer attending Zoom classes, PRSSA meetings, and doing homework, I realized that it’s easier for me to concentrate when I take my phone out of the equation. I found that there is really no reason to be looking at two screens at once. Putting my phone on the other side of the room during my classes has made me less distracted and is saving my eyes from looking at another screen.
2. Try to be active at some point throughout the day
In years past, I was very active walking around campus between classes, PRSSA meetings, and getting lunch with friends. Of course, now I barely leave my apartment and feel tied to my desk sometimes. I try to get up and go for a walk at least once a day, whether it be getting lunch, going to the grocery store, or just walking around campus. I also enjoy going to the gym, but on days where I don’t have time to work out, I like to get in a short walk. Walking and working out give me a break from looking at a screen and allows for some ‘me’ time.
3. If you have to do work on your laptop, do it outside!
Recently, I’ve been taking my laptop outside and doing homework and classes while enjoying the beautiful weather. I wouldn’t recommend doing this on the chillier days, but if you pick a sunny spot on a warmer day, it will make you enjoy doing your homework a hundred times more. Getting good grades is important, but so is getting your daily dose of vitamin D!
This blog post was written by Kiersten Sholly, Director of Social Media.