As a full time student who runs two blogs, a YouTube channel, does freelance work and also work in the school news team, I had to find ways to juggle all my activities so that one does not take over the time and energy of the rest. I also had to learn how to effectively schedule my days so that I am able to do everything I want to do—or as much as I am able to without being too stressed.
I have found that using these five tips below helps me to stay organized, keep track and overall have productive days hence weeks.
–Be organized: First step is to buy a planner. There are different types of planners available for different purposes but they all provide the basic option of a space dedicated to each day of the week. Writing things down helps you have a visual aid of what your week looks like, what deadlines you have and when your appointments are—plus you don’t have to worry about forgetfulness! For me I also have an added option of using the reminder app on my phone so that every time I pick up my phone I see what is due when. Second step is to keep your work-space organized, it not only saves you the time you spend looking for something but an organized space has a way of motivating you to work!
–Set yourself goals: I find that giving myself only weekly goals usually ends up with me not doing all that I want to do because sometimes new and more urgent goals pop up during the week messing up the initial plan. Setting daily goals the night before means that you are able to know almost exactly how your day is going to be, and what needs to be done, hence you plan around that and so when you wake up you know what you need to do exactly.
–Wake up on time: If you day is supposed to start at 9 then wake up with sufficient time before that and prepare for the day with the most important prep being eating breakfast. I guess you all know that eating breakfast makes a lot of difference to how fast you accomplish your tasks, because you can concentrate and your mind is fully alert. If you are late in waking up, then it means you entire day has to be rearranged because you have less time to accomplish all the things intended for the day.
–Prioritize your tasks and know when your deadlines are: Do your most urgent and important tasks early in the day and do it first and get it out of the way. If after you are done you still have time, then you can use the time to do the less urgent tasks and indulge in all the things you like doing in your free time—for me that means watching Korean dramas, studying Korean and reading novels. Knowing when your deadlines are means you can plan ahead and also doesn’t allow for last minute work, which may take away from other things you should be doing at the time. Lets reduce opportunity cost okay—blame the economist in me!
–Stay hydrated: I know this may seem like an odd one out to you, but drinking water has a lot of benefits some of which is that it gives you energy. Being dehydrated I find sometimes makes me feel weak and sluggish and even dizzy, so I usually have a bottle of water with me and my Uni has dispensers in every building which helps. I get to concentrate and have good skin at the same time, win win!!
I hope these tips help you kick start your week and get you to also have a productive week. I have so many deadlines and things to accomplish this week but I am not panicked because I have things planned out already. Good luck and…
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