Becoming A Better Scheduler

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It’s not that unoften that things can get a little bit too hectic. Each of us, no matter what career we’re in, what we do in our spare time or what personal issues we have, all have so so much which we have to manage and work around throughout an average week. As you should already know by now if you’ve read any of my older blog posts I’m a victim of this hectic schedule lifestyle, and my personal new years resolution (or one of them anyway) is definitely going to be to get on top of the way I organise and manage my schedule. I’ve always been a little bit unorganized, whether it be with my actual day to day schedule, homework or just with organizing my bedroom! So I’ve decided that 2017 is definitely going to be the year I turn that around and start getting on top of all the tasks I have, all the college work I have and really kick my butt into gear. By doing this I’ll be allowing myself to have more time when I’m not actually working or in college, and will be able to do more of the things I really want to do! (There’s no downside to it really)
I’ve already began taking some steps to work towards this, buying a new planner, getting more notebooks and downloading organizer apps on my phone. If like me, one of your new years resolutions is to work on being more organized with your schedule… I’ve got some personal tips which I’m definitely going to be putting into action this year, that you might want to try out.

Whip out the diary.
I find that it’s so much easier to plan what you need to do, when there’s something physical you can actually look at and write on. It may just be me? But I love having a diary to jot down what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by. Keeping track of deadlines and important dates and then planning days to do the work for them on, I find is one of the easiest ways to keep on top of everything.
Get it done ASAP.
It’s horrible, being stuck with a lot of work to do. What’s worse though is when you let the pressure of it all stay on your shoulders. If you have work which needs to be done, get it done as quickly as possible! Take the weight and pressure off of yourself. Not only does this mean you’ll be less stressed, but you’re also going to give yourself more free time to do some things which you prefer.
Really prioritize.
It’s easy enough to say “Well I need to get this done later,” but what’s the point in actually saying that if you’re going to let other things get in the way. I’m literally the worst for this sort of behavior, so don’t beat yourself too much if, like me you get a little bit distracted when you have things to do. Seriously though, it’s so so important to be able to identify when something needs to be done, and actually put it above everything else on your to do list.
Find your motivation.
It’s easy enough to begin working on something, but I always (ALWAYS) find that I can lose interest in the thing I’m doing very quickly, meaning I become increasingly less likely to actually finish the task I’ve just started. (How many of you can relate to me there? – hey?) When I’m starting a task, to motivate myself I have to be in a relaxing nice environment! I don’t know why but it’s just something that I ‘NEED’ to have in order to be in a working state of mind.  Everyone gets motivated in different ways, it’s all about finding what makes you click and then ensuring that when you have something to do, you do it. I guess this last tip wasn’t really too much about managing your schedule itself, but instead it’s something I consider a vital part of actually getting your work done!

So there we have it, these are just a few of my personal tips for getting your schedule in order (and actually sticking to it) What are some of your personal tips?

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  • I love using my notebook/calendar to write down quick ideas and I love to use it to organize my blog posts on the calendar section. You have great tips!

    • Thankyou lovely! x and yes they really are such a handy tool (one that I’d probably struggle to live without now)

  • Recently I’ve found having a physical diary is the ONLY way to guarantee I get stuff done. It just makes it more real, doesn’t it?!

    Jodie x
    Alajode.com

    • Definitely, being able to see it written down and physically plan what I have to do is such a game changer for me! x

  • WOW Jacob, this blog post is like …. for me! If that makes any sense XD. I’ve found that it’s hard for me to get a LOT of things done unless I have jotted them down somewhere and yes like you said, I get so distracted and I end up leaving the work. And I totally agree about having to find some sort of motivation, unfortunately for me, I have tried diary writing on more than one occasion and for some reason, I can never keep it up for too long. Do you have any other ideas ?
    -Lani (rxndomcandie) x

    • I’d say the best way of really nailing your “concentration” and motivation to a task is to find out what makes your work ethic flow. For example, for me it’s being in a relaxed room, with some candles on or some fairy lights, as de-stressed as can be! It’s just when my mind works perfectly. The more relaxed I am the less things my mind seems to wander to? If you like to work in a similar atmosphere it’s always a good thing to try having a relaxing bath and getting in comfortable clothes before attempting the job in hand, in the best mood possible!
      For me I near enough HAVE to be in this sort of environment or my train of thought just drifts into all sorts of places!
      (I’ve realised this comment has sort of gone adrift from your initial question, I think it’s more of an explanation than an answer! Feel free to tweet me if you want to discuss it anymore)

      • not too adrift, quite on point if I may say so myself. Thank you very much Jacob x