If you know me personally, you know that I fit an insane amount of things into my day. Today, I’m going to show you just how I do that and how it’s entirely possible to always add something else into your schedule (okay, not exactly always. We only have 24 hours!). Trust me, you can fit a full academic day, online classes, a job, multiple extracurriculars, and a social life all into the same day. If that’s what you want, you’ll be able to do it!
LIVE by your Lists and Planners
I promise you, this is my secret to doing what I do. I hated this for a long, long time. I never had enough self-control to keep filling out a planner or keep looking at it. I’m telling you, writing everything down helps me immensely. It’s also really refreshing to be able to cross things off your to-do list and in your planner. I swear to you, life will become 10x easier with a good planner. I use this one from ban.do and I absolutely love it. Wake up, look at your planner, don’t be afraid to make it messy. You won’t forget anything ever again!
Use a Timer
Giving yourself breaks throughout the day is e v e r y t h i n g. I usually try and work for an hour or even just thirty minutes, then give myself a ten-minute break to eat, go on social media, or just close my eyes. Taking breaks allows me to refuel throughout the day.
Stay Off of Social Media
Limit yourself! If you keep scrolling through the same photos, you’re just missing the opportunity to get something done. Seriously, I love Instagram’s new feature where it tells you if you’ve made it through everyone’s posts for the day. It really holds me accountable; when I’ve reached that symbol, I have to get off of social media and do something else.
There is no quicker way to study than using Quizlet… and I promise you, you can find absolutely ANYTHING on this site. 80% of the time, you don’t have to make your own flashcards!
This sounds entirely counterproductive but taking nights off is entirely necessary. If you don’t take nights off, you’ll face major burnout, which is the #1 killer of motivation and time management. For me, a night off looks like a movie night, maybe a night writing for the blog, or even just going to bed at 6pm.
Balance Your Week
Try your best to balance out your week. To me, this means making sure I’m only doing one club each day of the week (at the most), and that club gets all of my love and attention that day of the week. If you do extracurriculars (for me, it’s voice lessons), try and put those activities on days you’re not involved with school functions.
Get Ahead of Yourself
When your teacher gives you an assignment, even if you’re two weeks from the due date, do it now. It’s going to be hard to get through it, but you’ll be more than happy when you realize you’re not rushing to do it the night before. If that means doing work in class instead of talking for the last five minutes, it’ll definitely be worth it.
Keep Your Work With You
Even when you’re not at school, always have something to work on with you. This way, you’re always being productive and always getting something done. You’ll be surprised at how much spare time you have throughout the day to do homework!
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No! (my quote from Channel Kindness’ article on Mental Health Awareness Month)
It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to take time for yourself and to remove yourself from situations that are adding to your stress or list of things to do. Sometimes stepping back does more for you than diving into a new opportunity.
Remember! School is exhausting, especially after such a long break. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and get your work done! Being proactive is always best.