In this day and age, time is everything. From the time we wake up, to the time we go to sleep, we are constantly moving. As a full-time college student and full-time employee, it can be difficult for me to juggle these responsibilities and find time for a personal life. It can definitely be tricky when trying to figure out what matters most between the two. In my case, both matter. Therefore, I have found a few simple tips to help you move around a tight schedule, easily and effectively.
Step 1-Organize your tasks
Write down the most important tasks on your schedule. Now this step can be problematic because often times we like to mix business with pleasure. Schoolwork, internships, and your job should be a priority as these are the things that bring you further in your career path and help you to excel. Now that you have listed what matters most within your schedule, you must assign time frames to get all of those tasks done throughout the day. I usually purchase three planners, one for school, one for work and one for both school and work. I list the date and times of when things are due or when I would like to have the assignment or goal accomplished.
Step 2-Write down your accomplishments
Write down everything you want to accomplish in your personal life (time with friends/family, party etc.) Since you have already organized your professional goals, assignments or other things you need to do, this step may be a little bit easier to accomplish.
Many times we rush to cross things off of our to-do list and the outcomes are not as great as they could be; therefore relaxation is essential. Now by relaxing, I do not mean be lazy or procrastinate, but give yourself time to breathe. Whether it is a 5 minute walk, a 20-minute nap, or even a causal moment reading or writing, it is okay to engage in something that will take your mind off of your hectic schedule for a moment. This has helped me many times because it has allowed me to just “breathe”. As a result, I am able to gather my thoughts and get back on track with more passion and energy.
In order to ensure that you are on track with your daily schedule, you must reflect. After a week or two, I sit down and reflect on my actions and my schedule to figure out what is working and what is not working. Since there are only 24 hours in a day, reflecting can show you what you need to work on and what you may need to let go of or change.
I hope these steps have helped with your schedule, whether in school, at work or both. Remember, you only have so many hours in a day, so maximize your time to make the most out of it.