General tip for all you lot I found from undergrad.
Obviously people work differently, but sticking your nose in books/trying to work long chunks of time solid is counter productive and makes you feel shit.
A morning jog to kick- start the body, then get out for a run lunch/afternoon. Ensure you break work. The 2nd run will act as a treat, and give headspace, allow you to process ideas. As long as you get back and don't faff (shower, eat, back at desk in 30mins) you'll make up the hour you were away easy.
Sometimes it's hard to stop work but it will be better than sitting down for 12h solid/it's the best form of procrastination
I can’t seem to motivate myself to do both well at the the same time, so have to settle for good work and shit training.
Paddy - how much time do you spend cruising Facebook etc. whilst 'working'? At times for me it's mad and if I just went for a run instead I'd be more productive sooner.
You don't have to keep up with full training, but can maintain a decent tick-over, 2x20-30mins a day will help physical and mental health and ensure you don't lose everything built up over the year.
Personally I always did my best training in the run up to Jan exams. We'll see what happens when I get my teeth into my thesis
Planning is also important. On sun night/mon am I'll take 5min roighly planning my week from my work, training and (diminishing) social calendars so I can fit everything in
Oh and >8h kip a night helps everything but you knew that already
Dave H used to say that you could do two things well - work and train, train and socialise or work and socialise. Sounds grim but I think he is right, if you are serious about working and training, you can't also expect much of a social life..
Cheers Babi! Interesting topic. Think it has depended a lot on my attitude in the past. I've either had the best month of training through exams (getting out to clear my head) or it's gone a bit wrong and then I've capitulated. On a training high at the moment and by next Tuesday i'll have met the deadline, so I don't envisage this to be a major problem!
Have had trouble with tightness/niggles/injury after being sat at a desk for long periods even with regular breaks and training in the past though, will have to watch it!