Get 8.5 hours of sleep per night.
Get regular sleep.
To make getting up easier, set alarm on phone with two alarms. One will be 1.5 hours before class; the other will be 2 hours before class. After the first alarm, dismiss it and open your blinds. Go back to sleep. If possible, get up before the second alarm goes off.
To make going to sleep easier, meet your exercise goals and go to sleep at the same time consistently. Because you get up two hours before class at 9:00am, and you want 8.5 hours of sleep every night, and because you need 30 minutes to fall asleep, you should be in bed no later than 10:00pm every single night.
Pack a lunch every day.
Have healthful food in stock at all times during the week.
Don’t let food go to waste.
To prevent food waste, keep an inventory on the refrigerator of all perishable items you still have.
To avoid running out of healthful food during the week (including prepared lunches), plan out a shopping list for weekend trips to the grocery store. Write out a list of items that you should always have, and reuse this list every week. In addition to this, find a meal or two in your cookbook and purchase the items for those weekly meals. These leftovers can be used for some lunches. Other lunches should be made from your constitutive shopping list.
To ensure that you remember to make your lunch and have time, do it the day before and leave it in the refrigerator. If you do this every day it will also be easier to remember that it is there.
Get at least 30 minutes of intense cardiovascular exercise at least every other day.
Get at least 30 minutes of weight lifting once per week.
Go to the recreation center to run (or just run outside) an hour or two after eating dinner. If you ever know that the following day there won’t be time to go for a run, do it the night before, even if this means you exercise two nights in a row. This does not include lifting weights, which might be easiest to fit in on the weekends.
Make my apartment a more inviting place for myself and for others.
Get another desk for your room on craigslist so that there will be enough workspace.
Buy a laundry hamper so your laundry doesn’t sit on the floor.
Add some more frog pictures to your wall.
Add some additional lighting to your room.
Vacuum the living room and your room more often.
Find consistent and quality study time so that you don’t have to cram before exams.
Spend more time in the library or at cafés (you need to find some). You get most of your work done when you are free from distractions and have set a large amount of time aside for reading and writing.
Stay current with the relevant literature.
Minimize your mistakes in the lab.
Maximize your completed work in the lab.
Make lab a comfortable place that you are not scared of.
Read at least one scientific paper per week. Look through journal updates carefully and ask co-workers and PI for good papers to read. Keep a folder of papers to read. Organize papers into folder by date (a folder for each season of each year) and have sub-folders for papers that have been read. Every week, read at least one of these papers thoroughly enough to move the paper to a sub-folder designating it as read. If you don’t find time for this during the week, do it during the weekend. Optimally, you should find time during lab to read up to a few papers per week.
To minimize mistakes in the lab, always have complete protocol in hand before beginning an experiment. This should be one that you have written, adapted from existing protocols, and have had double-checked by your PI or others in the lab. Keep a corrigendum on the protocol by recording errors in a lab notebook and revising the protocol with each experiment.
To maximize productiveness in the lab, don’t leave work until you have a plan for the next day. If you have anything big that you can do the following day, plan to do it the following day and prepare until then. Always try to do tasks as early as possible, and do as many as possible within the time you have.
To make lab a more comfortable place, meet the above goals, as well as bringing your lunch each day. It would also be a good idea to bring snacks and a water bottle to lab in case you stay late and get hungry.