I now know why people say, “Where did the semester go?”

Are you serious? Is it over already? When did November sneak by? What about all the projects I wanted to finish before break?

As a student watching my librarian friends go through their days, I always thought “I’m too busy” was an exaggeration. A flimsy excuse, if you will, for not taking on some particular project. Maybe even a sign of weakness…?

My view on that one sure has changed. Somewhere in the past several months I got caught up in the library whirlwind and many of the things I had imagined I would have done by now are still sitting in their various locations — on my desk, in my files, in my email — unfinished. I am still in the state of new librarian enthusiasm that leads me to say “yes” to practically everything, but as I look back over the semester I am beginning to think that I may need to experiment with the alternative.

I am young, I am ambitious, I am enthusiastic, and boy am I tired! My new year’s resolution is to bone up on my time management skills. I hereby acknowledge that I cannot do everything I want to do in the time I am given. I will continue to take on the projects for which I am most enthusiastic, but every so often I will have to seriously consider whether I have time to do the others. I accept that I will need to say “no” sometimes.

And perhaps I may even need to try out the line, “Sorry, I’m just too busy.”

2 thoughts on “I now know why people say, “Where did the semester go?””

  1. Kim, you said it all. I am an ambitious and relatively young librarian, too and I have said Yes to almost every project in the library, too. But I think that one of my new year resolutions will be using the famous line, “Sorry, I am just too busy” as well. Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Kim,

    I’m no librarian, but boy, do I know how busy feels! I am in my last semester of a masters degree in Information Technology.

    I’m interested in finding ways to make my studies more effective and improving my research skills. Being in my first week, I want to ensure there are no fall behinds!

    I guess, I too, have to say `no` to extra tasks like programming for my friends 🙁

    Nonetheless, I look forward to discovering some insights from this site on great research skills.

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