Welcome to “Some DAM Good Advice,” the Farmington Flyer’s new anonymous advice column! Each issue, we will be answering questions submitted by you—the students of UMF. No topic is off limits and submissions are greatly appreciated. If you would like to submit a question, please access the online form found on the Farmington Flyer Facebook page.
Q: Though I absolutely love my job, I have recently run into many problems at work. My boss is wonderful to work with—extremely nice and passionate about what we do—but seems to cross the line with communication. She constantly texts me to pile on assignment and seems to always forgot that I am also a full time student. I devote countless hours to her each week, but she truly expects me to be available on the weekends and at night. Am I just complaining? Or is there something not professional about this situation? Signed, Exhausted Worker.
A: Well, Exhausted Worker, we don’t think that you’re just complaining. Your boss should understand that you are a full time student and that comes with a lot of responsibility. It seems as if you are and your boss have a pretty good relationship with one another, and it definitely wouldn’t hurt to just casually remind her that you need to have time to complete school related assignments. You deserve to have time for yourself as well! We are actually facing a similar problem with our bosses. Though it may seem daunting, the best thing to do is just speak up and say what’s on your mind. If she really respects you as a worker, she will listen to your concerns and it will make your work relationship that much stronger.
Q: When I sit down to do homework, I hit a wall about an hour in. I lose concentration and find that it takes far too long to get anything done. How can I keep my focus and make the most of my time when the workload is high? Signed, Anonymous.
A: Awesome question – we are right there with you! This is an issue that most college students have and it is difficult to find a solution because different people respond to different methods. Our first suggestion is to block out all social media; this is the biggest distraction because it can easily draw you and keep you distracted for hours—trust us! Another thing that might help is to take short breaks. When you feel yourself getting distracted, take a step away from what you’re working on and go get a drink or a snack. You don’t have to complete your assignment in one sitting. This will become easier if you aren’t a procrastinator, but that is a whole other struggle that most people deal with. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself when you finish an assignment. It’s important to treat yo’ self!