The new school year has officially started which means everyone is getting back to their normal life of work/uni/college/school. After a long summer break, our schedules are full of all the things we need to do again. I personally am in my second year of studying Media Studies, so I know how busy the student life can be. My life definitely needs some organization and planning now that I’m going back to being a full time student. Having to attend lectures, seminars, doing readings, assignments and essays, while at the same time keeping up with my blog and social media is quite a task. But I’ve found some really good ways to keep my life organized to be able to do all the things I want to do.
1. Get a planner that work for you and start planning
I personally love planners, they are a great way to keep track of all the tasks you need to do and gives you an overview of your plan for the week. It’s very important to find a planner that suits you and the life you have. I personally use the Student Desk Planner from Supplied by Lily (you can find on blogpost on this here) which is not only super pretty, but also keeps my life organized and helps me with planning my weeks. Every single morning I use this planner to write down all the things I need to do on that specific day. Every Sunday I plan a bit ahead for the upcoming week. For example, I look at what blogposts I want to post and which lectures and seminars I have to take or any other obligations or appointments I might have. This way I have a rough idea of what my upcoming week will look like.
2. Do the tasks which take less than 5 minutes immediately
If you have some tasks on your to do list that will not consume a lot of time, do them immediately and get them out of the way. This way you can move on to working on bigger tasks that will consume more time without having to worry about these small tasks you also have to complete. Basically, when you can do something now, do it and get it done.
3. Chunk your work
This is a tip that I recently came across and I find it incredibly helpful and timesaving. The basic idea is doing a lot of work for the same thing and only focus on this one particular thing. So no multitasking. For example, when I’m writing blogposts I make sure to write three at a time. This way you will stay in the flow of writing them and don’t lose time on stopping and starting up a different task. The same thing goes for all the photos I take for my social media accounts. I know I don’t have classes on Friday, so this day is perfect for me to take my Instagram photos for the next week all at once. This way you don’t have to worry about not having enough content when other important things unexpectedly consume more of your time.
4. Be realistic considering what will fit in your day
I know how much we all just want to do everything in one day, but this is simply not possible. Be real with yourself and how much you can fit in your day. You know very well how much work you can get done in one day, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself by writing things on your to do list of which you know you won’t be able to finish. So prioritize the obligations and other important tasks you have and plan the rest around it.
I hope these four tips are helpful for some of you!