Advice for managing your day

The current COVID-19 situation can be particularly challenging for students, who now face a different kind of day when they wake up and have to do more independent work from home. We have gathered some helpful advice to bring structure and organisation to your day.

Five tips to tackle the COVID-19 situation:

The advices are simple and is based on proven methods

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1. Create your own structure and set rhythms

Bring structure to your day, ensuring fixed times for study and free-time activity. Get up at a regular time every day. Organise a physical area where you can work and study – so your brain recognises when it's time to work, and when it's time to rest. Remember to schedule sleep, exercise and healthy food.

Inspiration:

  • Make a weekly planner with a food plan, activities and to-dos.
  • Include fixed agreements with your study group, family or friends, e.g. a daily morning meeting.
  • Take notes in a journal on your thoughts, learnings and ideas.
  • Appropriate work station: find a good chair, use an external screen and keyboard if you have one, make a nice space for yourself, make sure there is good light, it is clean and air out during the day.

2. Get active

Make sure you look after your body and mind. Do what you can to be physically active during the day and get some fresh air. Remember to follow the guidelines from the authorities, for example maintain distance from others.

Inspiration:

  • Take part in an online fitness program
  • Go for a walk outside – remembering to following the latest guidelines from the authorities.
  • Expand your subject knowledge, e.g. TedTalks on YouTube and share inspiring ones with your fellow students.
  • Remember to take breaks – and do something that makes you happy! Read a book, do puzzles, tidy or busy yourself with a hobby at home.
  • If it's difficult, then do something actively about it – reach out, seek help and talk to someone.

3.  Do something together with others

Remember to be social – even if you can't be physically with others. Call, video chat and send messages to friends, family, teachers and fellow students. Create or participate in online social get-togethers where you can meet friends and students for work and socialising.

Inspiration:

  • Be active in your reading group, or seek out study buddies.
  • Make fixed agreements with your study group or friends. E.g. arrange to each lunch every day at noon or check in together in the morning to discuss what's on your mind or make a day plan together.
  • Arrange fixed get-togethers online with family and friends e.g. an online knitting club, book club, pub quiz or after work drinks.

4. Do something meaningful

Help others where you can and show others that you are thinking of them. Getting through the COVID-19 situation is a joint responsibility and something that brings us together as a society. You don't have to do big things to make a difference.

Inspiration:

  • Take the initiative to promote a sense of community on your programme. Arrange activities online and invite everyone.
  • Reach out to friends and acquaintances. Call your family, or send a message to a fellow student who you think may be having a difficult time.
  • If you have extra resources, consider asking if others need help, or support your local shops – every little helps.
  • Smile at passers-by or others in the supermarket, and thank those that you meet who are working extra hard these days.
  • Join an online volunteer community.
  • Even the smallest effort can make a big difference.

5. Accept things you cannot change

We find ourselves in an extraordinary situation. It is okay to be worried – it is completely normal. If your thoughts turn to catastrophe, try to tackle them and try to focus on something else.

Inspiration:

  • Remain hopeful and think positively. Spring and summer are on the way.
  • Think about what you can do in this situation: is there something new you would like to learn or improve on – maybe you have more time for it now than you did before?
  • Acknowledge your feelings. It is natural to become stressed in a situation like this. Limit how much news you watch or read if you think it is becoming too much.
React if you are feeling down or are flooded with worries that you can't overcome – talk to someone and consider seeking help.You are perhaps uncertain about what form your exam will be? If you can focus on the educational content and expand your core knowledge of it, then you are best prepared no matter what form the exam may take..
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Make these tips personal:

Use this advice, personalise it, and share it and other good advice with others e.g. on social media tagging it #studieliv. Make the best of the situation. You can be sure that the ministry, educational institutions, the Government and many others are working around the clock to support you and your fellow students through this COVID-19 situation.

Links where you can get help and talk to others

It can be difficult when your daily life suddenly changes so drastically and requires you to adapt quickly. No matter where you are, and how you normally see yourself, it is absolutely okay to think things are difficult. If you need help and support, there are many good resources available.

Your local guidance counsellor can help you with both academic and practical queries, but also help you to find structure and adapt to your new situation. You can find their contact information on your educational institution's website or your study site.

Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service is offering a number of online resources including online psychology sessions and group sessions in light of the COVID-19 situation.

Andre peer-to-peer youth guidance

There are a number of peer-to-peer youth guidance services you can contact.

Headspace

An independent telephone guidance service, open all days between 12:00 and 18:00.

Ung på Linje and Ung Online

The youth section of the Red Cross offers evening guidance via telephone and chat, and is open all days 19:00-22:00, except Saturday.

Girltalk

A service for girls who need someone to chat to.

See also our FAQ on COVID-19 for students:

And remember to check your educational institution's website for updates. 

last modified Jul 21, 2020