Hello everyone! This is a guest post by Taylor! She’s sharing some tips on how to manage your time effectively- with a personal touch. Take it away, Tay! -Aaria
Life can be quite the juggling game with the responsibilities of school and work and chores. Once time is added to the mix, the levels of stress can (and probably will) greatly increase.
I believe our society is constantly caught beneath a hand of pressure, forcing us to worry about completing our tasks within a certain amount of time. There are always deadlines, and they’re always stressful.
I used to be one trapped beneath that palm of stress.
I was always worrying about finishing school assignments by a certain day, yet I never worked off of a schedule.
I would simply bumble around seeing what I could complete quickly in hopes of gaining free time for myself, but I was often left frazzled with little to no spare time.
Now, this was a major problem.
When people don’t get free time to participate in their loved hobbies or goals, this can develop into stress and/or anxiety.
I have watched people suffer through this—including myself. It’s toxic to our mind and soul, and it needs to be stopped, which is why I decided to make a change.
One day, after reading tips about time management, I decided to make a schedule for myself.
Despite being an organized person, I wasn’t sure how well I would adapt to an agenda, but after a few altering the times to suite my needs, I finalized a schedule for myself, as pictured below.
I do change up the routine a bit depending on the time of year, but this is a steady pattern of my daily activities.
Because I’m enrolled in a private school, I have a little more flexibility, which is why I dedicate an entire weekday to writing (and usually the weekend).
This allows me time to unwind from school and work on my novels or blog posts.
In between activities, I tend to eat or read—usually both.
Again, this gives me several moments of freedom to clear my thoughts before delving back into another session of work.
This may seem unrealistic for those of you who attend a workplace or school, but allow me to assure you it’s very possible.
The trick to creating a schedule that will work for you is to make something reasonable that gives you an equal amount of time towards your work and your hobbies.
It’s important to make the schedule custom to you.
Include your mandatory duties, such as homework, and follow it up with a chunk of time towards a hobby.
To those who must travel to a specific place to complete their work, bring along something you love, like a sketchpad for drawing or a book to read.
Consider adding an alarm or a reminder on your phone to notify you when it is time to pull out your pen or your paperback—whatever it is that makes your heart happy.
That’s a wonderful thing about technology—the amount of productivity it can bring. (Yes, it can also be very distracting, which is why I recommend steering away from social media during work hours.)
There are hundreds upon hundreds of applications that can motivate you to pursue the aspirations of both your work and your hobbies.
There are a variety of apps that allow you to set a specific goal and motivate you to work harder, like FocusList, Task Player, Pomodrone, and Forest—used by author Elizabeth May.
Personally, I use paper and a pen, placing my schedule directly in my line of sight. And no, I’m not necessarily old-school, I just don’t have enough storage on my phone (sigh). Whatever you decide to use, be sure to keep notes around to motivate you.
In order to maintain your inspiration, make your work space comfortable. Below, you can see a picture of my office space in my bedroom.
I’m surrounded by things that I love: books, pencils, pens, candles, and my computer. Not only are these things beautiful, but they also keep me motivated.
I have a small stack of books just beside my computer that focus on writing and creativity, and as an aspiring novelist, they’re extremely helpful.
I also keep a planner and a journal by my side to jot down notes and plans.
On top of it all, I always have my headphones in playing a tune to keep me going. Oh, and the Peter Pan picture reminds me to stay youthful, and to always believe in magic.
Be sure to surround yourself in objects that will keep you happy and inspired.
Place around little knickknacks and books and pictures that remind you of what you love and what you are working for.
This will help relax your mind and your heart, letting you focus on your task.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my time management tips.
Comment any of your thoughts or techniques down below. Tell us how you stay inspired and motivated to continue the pursuit of your dreams.
And most importantly, love yourself and love what you do.