As women, our schedules can get pretty hectic at times. Being a student alone has its own crazy schedule, but adding a full-time job, a blog, volunteer work, a small business and a social life – chaos. You may think I’m crazy to try and take on all these things, and sometimes I feel like I am – but life is just so short that I want to make sure I fit in everything I want to do! While you may not have my schedule, you may have a family and a home to take care of – however busy your schedule is, check out these tips:
- Obviously, my number one is get yourself a planner! I’ve had a planner ever since my second year of high school. Having a planner lets you keep track of assignments, tests, exams, appointments, and other things you may have going on such as meetings or your children’s activities. As you may have seen, I like to decorate my planner – it’s kind of my Sunday evening therapy. Having a planner also means I don’t overbook myself and I can book things for the future and not forget them!
- If you don’t have a planner, or even if you do – set reminders on your cell phone. There are days where you may forget to check your planner or even if it’s something small – like remember to check the mail – reminders on your phone are great for this, especially when they allow you to set a time to remind you.
- Who cares if it may take you longer to complete it – if you know you need a break… take it. I started University in January 2016 and I’ve gone straight through until this month with only a few weeks breaks at a time. I noticed this year, that I was so tired from such a hectic schedule that I barely spent time studying and my grades weren’t as good as they could have been. So even though it will take me an extra semester to get my degree, I have decided to take the summer off from school and start back up in September. It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made – I feel less stressed and I’m looking forward to spending the extra time with friends and family.
- Make time for a social life. Whether you go for drinks with the girls or out for coffee with an old friend, set aside time to spend with the people that mean the most to you and take your mind off your busy schedule.
- Do not let work cross over into your personal life. Whether you work a 9-5, shift work or even part-time, work stays at work. Bringing your work life home can not only cause stress for you, but also for your family. Your home life is time to spend with your family, friends or even alone – don’t ruin it!
- Have alone time. Read a book, take a bath, have a glass of wine, or binge watch a Netflix series – alone time is good for your mental health and lets be honest – you deserve it!
I hope you enjoyed reading my personal tips and that they work for you! Happy Friday 🙂