I am an MS student and I also have a part time job. I am facing the same producticity problem that has bothered me during my Bsc.
As to organization, I have a calendar on my desktop showing important events like exam\homework and the rest of the studies related tasks I keep in my head because there are not too many of them (although they are very time consuming e.g. reading chapters XYZ from book W)
Getting a degree in general is quite a burden and demands mastering complex concepts daily. This may be enhancing my productivity problem. What happens can be descriped in the following steps:
- I have a set of tasks to complete with various deadlines (homework, study material etc.).
- Before time pressures me I tend to lose focus. Then I end up doing something more attractive like watch a movie\series.
- Once I've had one "portion" of fun (say an episode of some series), I can't force myself to make the shift towards studying. The task at hand seems so complex or even scary, especially compared to the immediate satisfaction received by watching the episode.
- I end up having more portions of fun with little or no studying at all.
- Time begins to pressure as I've wasted days that were initially planned for task completion.
- Deadlines get very close. I am then forced to engage the tasks.
- I work under a lot of pressure, with little sleep and the outcome is not as good as I would've liked in the best case. (low exam score, pulled an all-nighter to manage the h.w. deadline etc.)
This has happend to me over and over again for as long as I remember myself. Even when the outcome is destructive(and it often is) it does not prevent the situation from happening the next time. Juggling studies with a job makes deadlines much shorter so I feel pressured much sooner but the whole process still happens.
I would love some advice.