How you manage your time is how you manage your life, so they say. I’ve got the priciest planner among my friends but it seems like I’m the one who is still so bad at time management. I don’t even open my planner to list out my to-dos or activities anymore. Listing out to-dos and not being able to follow through is just so disappointing.
This year isn’t like the past years when I was used to wearing only two hats at most, being a student and a freelance writer. This year I’m wearing four hats — I’m a student, I’m a university publication’s Editor-in-Chief, I’m a wife, and I’m a freelance writer.
Creative ideas still spill out of my brain and I just jot them down on whichever notebook or sheet of paper that’s in my line of sight at that moment. When I think about something very creative (and life changing, sometimes), the dull and not-so-creative pessimist side of my being keeps reminding me of to-dos still not followed through and I just become overwhelmed. Then I become stunned and I feel cornered, not able to do anything but think about how bad my situation is. And then it would take a couple days for me to bounce back to my usual chirpy, can-do attitude. I’m in my chirpy, can-do attitude this very moment. So I guess you can already guess the predicament I was in a few days ago.
My mornings usually begin with my husband waking me up a couple of times before I actually wakes up. I have coffee, I shower, I dress up, I go to school. In my haste I don’t get to have a proper breakfast. I return home from school by around 5:00pm or 6:00pm. I change into home clothes, my husband or I or sometimes the both of us prepare dinner, we eat, I lay in our bed to rest for a little bit while mentally recalling what I need to do for tomorrow, and then I doze off.
I’m a pretty perfectionist individual so whenever I slack off, intentionally or not, I feel very bad. So in order to lessen (if not eliminate) my slacking off or procrastination due to the overwhelming demands of my four hats, I felt the necessity to write this article.
Time management tailored for my schedule:
- Update your planner and make a to-do list. Tick off to-dos you have already accomplished and list out to-dos for the next day.
- Prepare your wardrobe, including your school bag. Pick out the clothes you feel like wearing for the morrow and stash in your school bag what you need to bring. This way you’ll be all set to dress and go in the morning.
- Study time (8:00 to 11:00pm). Have a consistent study time each night so that it becomes a habit.
- Get your beauty sleep. You don’t want to feel like you’re a walking dead the next day.
- Wake up and go for a short run (4:30am). Read/listen to inspirational/motivational books/audio books.
- Review (5:30am). Take a glance of your notes. Never ever study in public.
- Take a shower.
- Dress up.
- Have some coffee and eat something.
- Go to school 30minutes before class.
Some more helpful tips:
- Eat the frogs first. Get rid of the tough stuff. These are the things that you don’t want to do, but actually need to do.
- Face your anxiety and conquer it. Don’t let even a small dose of anxiety make you buckle down.
- Do not, I repeat, do not procrastinate. This is to avoid cursing yourself in the morning.
- Tidy room, tidy mind. Free your mind of clutter.