You are probably thinking that I am going to tell you how to get yourself together.. well bad news I am actually going to attempt to help you get yourself together. I’ve realized that many people around me lack the skills to function efficiently on a day-to-day basis. There are times where I ask myself, how can these people function without a planner or a perfectly planned schedule? Without these two things, I would be in full panic mode! LITERALLY
P.S- I learned how to start using a planner in the 1st grade! Yes- 1st grade. From KG all the way to the 12th grade I attend Catholic School and believe me at the beginning of every school year they would hand us a daily planner. Since then I gradually learned how to balance school/work and other activities.
So many people ask me, Barbara how are you able to go to school, have so many jobs and lead so many clubs and organizations all at once plus make time for blogging and lets not forget your family and social life? My answer is simple: PLAN, ORGANIZE AND TIME MANAGEMENT. To be quite honest, I have multiple ways of keeping my schedule and to-do-list. I use my daily planner, iPhone, laptop and wall calendar. Too much I know!
To begin, you need to have specific goals and agendas in mind. Take out a piece of paper and jot down the goals and things you want to accomplish for that month or perhaps even that year. From there, jot down how you plan on achieving that goal whether it be changing your habits or creating new helpful strategies.
Here comes the fun part! Whether you’re in school or not you should invest in a yearly calendar. I usually get my planners from Target or T.J. Maxx- no more than $20. Most of these planners include a monthly calendar, to-do-list section, goal section, reminders and a space for you to write what needs to be done on any given day . In order to organize your planner, you need to sit down with a bunch of sticky notes and highlighters and different color pens. I promise it gets fun once you get the hang of it. Once I get my planner, I begin to write down things that need to be done for that specific month such as deadlines, events, meetings, birthdays and assignments I have due. Being that I am a college student, once I get my syllabus I will begin to jot down when assignments are due or when an exam is coming up. It allows me to be on track of what needs to be done and checked off. Usually, I spend my Sundays planning out my week by jotting down the task that needs to be done for that week a long with any deadlines that are due. I usually alternate between my two main schedules- my planner and my iPhone note pad. Since my planner is big I don’t always carry it around. Organizing my schedule has created a big difference in keeping myself from getting overwhelmed from my busy schedule. You’d be surprised by how organizing yourself will help you get MANY things done.
Last but not least, time is crucial to keeping yourself together. When planning and organizing your schedule, it is very important to set the amount of time you will use on any kind of task that needs to get done. This has helped me to know where I need to be at any given time of the day. This semester since I had some free time on my hands, I made it my job to fit going to the gym in my schedule for at least 4x a week for an hour or two. Trust me, this has helped me achieve my goals in living a healthier lifestyle by setting out the time for things that are important to me. Remember time is valuable and once you begin to understand that, you will begin to respect not only your time but the time of others.
I hope this has helped you to start by getting yourself together not only by the year, month, day but even the hour!