So many of us live a ridiculously busy life these days, having to juggle multiple responsibilities. For me personally, the past few months I have managed university work, my weekend job at Selfridges and maintained this blog, which has been no easy task. I used to find it very difficult to manage multiple responsibilities, but I found that over the course of a few months it gradually became easier. Using compartmentalising, that is, separating and prioritising the different areas of my life, I gradually learned how to organise myself. So, I thought I'd share a list of ways I've picked up to manage your time, i.e. how to compartmentalise your life most effectively.
1. Keep a day planner.
This is the most important way I organise myself and allocate set hours for various activities. I usually work a set number of hours at the weekend, so I would allocate time during the week for uni work. I also use a weekly planner to decide my blog post timetable, for example, I set aside this full Wednesday evening to write a post.
2. Write a to-do list, and stick to it.
To-do lists are the best way, in my eyes, to get everything that you need to get done, done. Usually I write to-do lists on a daily basis, and I prioritise tasks by how soon they need to be completed. It's so satisfying to tick the tasks off the list, but it's also important to remember that if you missed a task, it's okay. Don't beat yourself up about it - there's always tomorrow. Sometimes I also write a summary at the end of the day of good things I've accomplished that day, which always leaves me feeling positive and productive.
3. Maintain a balanced life.
I maintained this standpoint when I was sitting my uni exams (which, thankfully, I've just finished!) Just because you have something important happening now which is your priority, I don't believe that you have to give up everything else. It's quite easy, if you've been studying the whole day, to assign an hour in the evening to go to the gym, to take a bath, or to have dinner with friends. You don't have to give these things up just because you have an overriding priority . Self-care is equally as important as getting your work done. I even allocated myself a couple of days off during the exam period to work on my blog. Know that it's okay to keep doing the things you love, even during difficult and stressful periods of your life. In fact, during those periods, it's more important than ever.
4. Start mono-tasking.
I've read several times before about the power of mono-tasking, i.e. focusing on just one thing at a time. This is something I often find quite difficult to do as I have such a short attention span. But, I find that focusing on just one thing at a time helps me to complete tasks much more effectively and quickly. Learning how to compartmentalise your life, therefore, is crucial for work. I used to always watch TV or listen to music when I studied or wrote, but now I find that my work is much better when my brain is 100% focused on it.
5. Manage distractions.
It's okay to check your phone every once in a while, but to be at my most productive, I usually put my phone down and don't look at it for a couple hours at a time. This is much easier when I'm working on something I love, like a blog post, when I usually do this voluntarily. When I'm working on an essay for uni though, I often put my phone on airplane mode. Or, I schedule regular breaks when I allow distractions. But, as soon as I'm back in work mode, I get rid of them. Trust me, being wholly focused on your task means you can complete it that much more quickly.
So, that's the best ways I've learned so far about how to compartmentalise your life and manage time better. Let me know what methods you guys use to organise your life in the comments!
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