if there’s something you should know about me, it’s that i want to do everything. i want to be a professional ballet dancer (which is time-consuming) but i’m also still working on school (which is time-consuming) and i also love reading (which is time-consuming) and blogging (which is time-consuming. unfortunately, the lack of hours in a day doesn’t make managing all these interests an easy feat. i’m actually awful at managing my time, but here are tips i’ve caught on to make my life SOMEWHAT manageable.
be aware of time
this is something i still struggle with. there are still days when i lay in bed for a few hours and do literally nothing. suddenly the day is half gone and all the productive things i planned are out the door and i begin to feel like the upside-down-smiling-emoji. this is something that can happen really easily especially since i go to an online school. it’s bad. be aware of the passing of time! it’s so easy to get distracted by your phone or a book and hours (literally hours!) could pass by simply scrolling through instagram/twitter/whatever. some productivity apps like forest can be helpful for situations like this.
as much as i want to blog or read or simply ~chill~, things need to be finished. i need to study and turn in my assignments. i need to rehearse my solos and stretch. i need to take care of myself and sleep. there are simply things that NEED to be done; know those things. on the flip side, it’s also important to make time for your interests and relax.
set time aside for the “less important” stuff
it’s a given that school and work will always hold the winning hand over books and blogging (unless books/blogging become my full-time job, i will have to admit this unfortunate fact). i recently started planning my blogging/bookstagram schedule weekly. for bookstagram, i’d write out all the photos i hope to take, plan the way it’d look, and keep them in my phone until the day i intended on posting it. this way i wouldn’t need to stress about not having consistent photos or new content or whatever. as for blogging… i’m still working on it. but i HOPE to simply write it all at the beginning of the week and schedule it for the next few days. you could also schedule in your reading, but i have an entire post on how to read when you’re busy.
plan your weeks and days out
this is the part where i say MY BULLET JOURNAL SAVED ME. since i have a very flexible schedule, it’s easy for me to get sidetracked with ~all the things~. did i make sure to ship all the orders? reply to those emails? draft my review? stretch my feet? submit the assignment? take out the trash? cook my meals?? if i didn’t write and plan everything out, i’d get nothing done. my bullet journal post is so outdated that i feel that i need to share another update soon. but regardless of what type of organizer you use, planning your day (with specific time slots or with specific tasks) is an easy way to make sure you’re being productive.