19 January 2016

Organisation 101: Time Management And Priorities

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Studying, working part-time, spending time with your family, going out with friends - this can be sometimes a bit overwhelming. Besides it is really important to have some me-time, be it in front of Netflix or at the gym. I personally think, that it's all about setting your priorities wisely and time management. To keep you on track, here is a summary of some helpful things.

 Get a cute calendar and notebooks 

It's so much easier to stay organized when you have something to write in. 1. you have another excuse to go crazy in Paperchase (not that you need one) and 2. your notes are not all over the place and you can also take them with you while running errands or being at uni.
I got a new Moleskine Calendar, they work best for me to put all my appointments and little To-Do lists in. When being home I use my sweet "Get It Done"-booklet, which I got at WHSmith, and my personal desk planner. I was looking everywhere for one, who would fit my needs, but in the end I decided to design one by myself. It took a lot of time, but was so much fun and I absolutely love it! If you like, you can download it and use it as well (just click here).

 Plan out your week 

Since I am at uni the whole week and working on Saturdays I just have the Sunday off to get stuff done. This is when I sit down with a cup of tea and a snack and write down all the things that need to be done during the following week. My to-do list consists of different categories for uni, my blog, other matters (like birthdays/events, household stuff, ...). Since uni is my main priority atm, I divide it by each day of the week and write down which text i.e. I need to read and prepare for which course.
In the end I completed a whole to-do list for each day of the week and I have a great overview of the things I need to do. Organization-Addicts like me know how accomplished you feel afterwards!

 Setting priorities 

Some weeks can be pretty boring, there is just not so much stuff to do and you can actually chill. But then there are weeks packed with different events: birthdays, after work drinks, this uni party you really want to go to PLUS you need to finish this bloody essay and analyze a text about objective hermeneutics (yup. that's a thing!).
Setting your priorities goes hand in hand with your (life) goals. If you want a good degree, you have to sit down and work for it. If you're done with all the work, you can go out. That's how it is.
What are your short-term goals? What would you like to achieve in a long-run? Sit down and think about it. It's okay to ditch your desk and have fun with your friends, everyone is doing it sometimes. Just keep in mind what's important to you and you know how to set your personal priorities.

What are your tips concerning time management? x


  1. I so agree that it's important to manage your things and schedule. I used to use paper-schedules and calendars but now a days I must admit that I just use my macbook/Iphone calendar and write everything there. Sometimes I do miss the paper, but technology just makes it even faster and thus more efficient in my eyes at least :D

    - LS

    1. I absolutely know what you mean! Especially with iCloud it's so much faster and easier to have every single note and appointment with you. x

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