In order to keep up with my school work, my long-distance relationship, and my personal interests (reading blogs, swimming, playing guitar, news, etc), I’ve had to make a number of sacrifices (goodbye social life!).  In addition to those sacrifices, I’ve also had to look for ways to become more efficient in how I utilize my 168 hours; the first step occurred early last year when I got rid of my amazing 65” Sony TV and decided to not replace it.

One of the operational enhancements that I’m particularly fond of is the tab system I use to keep track of my notes.  Every class that I’ve been in so far has had a course packet, which includes a variety of readings, cases, and other items.  In addition to those items, the professors normally hand out (or include in the packet) the lecture slides that they use in class.  I got tired of wasting time having to thumb through the printouts to find particular items, so I started using these multicolor tabs that I pick up at the local CVS.

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I use the vertical tabs to keep track of a period of time (normally 1 week, or 2 classes worth of notes) or a particular section of notes (cases, articles, handouts) and the horizontal tabs to mark off important concepts. The system has worked out beautifully for me, and it has been particularly helpful in classes that have open-notes exams.

Ironically, in taking a time to celebrate my efficiency win, I’ve put myself a bit further behind on this OPS case.<p>