Hey all! I am sure many of you who have been following me for quite some time have seen my journey through school. Let me give everyone a little back story to this. Originally, I started college pursuing a degree in criminal justice. In which I went part time for while working 50 + hour weeks. After almost graduating I decided that it was not for me and decided to switch into a different program I thought suited me much better and I was much more interested in. That would me marketing. I am now going to school full time however I am only working 30-hour weeks. That may not seem like a lot, however having two horses, being a full-time college student and having some accelerated classes really make me feel like there's never enough time in the day. That it is exactly why I deiced to share my tips on time management with you!
1) Having a planner that has the start of the week of Monday is helpful. For me it is easier to plan my weeks out with a start day of Monday as that’s when work and school start up. It makes planning the week and weekends much simpler.
2) Having a planner with hour slots is a huge life saver. It makes the day to day planning easy and it lays out your days for you. Mine starts at 6:00 AM and ends at 10:30 PM which gives me the ability to plan my day out from when I wake up until I go to bed. I personally love my passion planner as it gives me weekly quotes, room for lists, and a space at the bottom for anything extra I may need. It also has a “today’s focus” for each day so you really zone in on what you need to work on.
3) Lists, lists, lists. I cannot say this enough, but lists are super helpful to lay out the tasks that need to be done. Lists for homework, chores, work, etc. I do daily, weekly, and monthly lists. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing off and finishing your lists. It also helps you not forget important tasks that need to be done.
4) Do not overload your days. Overloading yourself will end with your crashing and burning and falling behind on the tasks you need to get done. Know your limits and know when it's time to throw in the towel.
5 Push through your “sluggish” days. Whether it is some self-care or some coffee make sure to keep trucking even on the days you don’t feel like it. If you do cave and give in to that feeling it will leave you feeling behind and more stressed out about getting everything done.
To all you busy equestrians – whether you are in school, working, or both, I am rooting for you! You got this and keep pushing! I hope these little tips will help you with your day to day tasks and much more!
Until next time,