HEY YOU! Happy Monday! Grab your coffee, tea, or wine and let’s get started. Today, I am drinking water. I usually drink a lot of water, but for some reason, this week, I have really been enthusiastic about getting my water in. So, if you haven’t had your water today, don’t forget. As someone who both goes to school and works two jobs, I understand the struggle of time management. You have to stay organized to be able to manage the two, but I am still able to maintain a social life and read over 100 books. How do I do so? Time management. I am going to give you some awesome tips for your day planner. Side note: I do not just use a day planner to stay organized; I also use todoist, personal class charts, goal trackers, and a few more. But here are my 5 steps on how to manage your planner successfully.
- Work, School, and Other Repetitive Commitments:
The first most important thing I put in my planner is my work and school. These are my number 1 priority, and anything else has to be adjusted to these. Other repetitive commitments, for me, involve my different daily routines and fitness. These can vary for you, but it is basically something that you keep in your planner every week on the same day. These should be in first because they are priorities to do at that specific time.
2. Specific Tasks
These tasks can be anything that needs to get done at that time on that day, specifically. This can be anything from appointments, family matters, coffee with a friend, or anything else you have specifically agreed to on that day. I put this in next because it is a priority to a commitment that I have one that one specific day.
3. Unique Weekly Plans
This can include anything from a meeting with friends to specific cleaning. I include my study hours here. Although it needs to get done, I don’t have a particular time to get done. This is important because it allows you to complete tasks that are usually procrastinated or forgotten about.
4. Free Time
The most important and worthwhile of making a study plan is finding free time. The more organized you are, the more you can friend room for free time. However, it is still important to schedule this into your calendar. It would help if you acknowledged whether it is productive free time or regenerating free time. I find this something interchangeable because sometimes cleaning for me can be regenerating. I like to schedule task lists into these times, such as reading lists, extra tasks, fun activities, fitness.
5. Nothing IS Set and Stone
It is important to remember that your planner can change. If an emergency comes up, you don’t have to be hard on yourself to change this. The calendar is something to keep you accountable, but you are not obligated to follow it through. Life is full of changes, and so can your planner.
A study planner is a fantastic way to keep track of your tasks and keep you accountable. It is also incredibly fun and easy to organize. I hope you all have a wonderful week.
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