Ever feel as if you have too much to do and not enough time to get it done? This is the unfortunate struggle for many people. The struggle seems to begin around when senior year high school is ending; this is when we are all hit with a massive load of responsibilities. Then questions start to arise such as, "Will I have enough time to get this done?", "Will I have enough time to go out and enjoy myself anymore?", "Is this even possible?". You probably guessed it on your own, but these questions lead to a very stressful lifestyle. I believe in living a stress-free life, so I have come up with a solution to this problem! I will help you to become organized and time efficient.
Remember how it was in high school? A schedule printed out and handed to you, teachers telling you exactly what you need to get done and when to do it, and a decent workload. Ah! The good ole days! For most people, including myself, high school was not much of a struggle. This is simply because everything was planned, organized, and effectively managed. A high school student's only worry is finding time after school to complete their assignments and study. Not too bad of a deal, if you ask me. The main point here is this, life runs smoothly when everything is scheduled and organized.
A schedule will help keep you on top of things for several reasons. The first reason is that you have called into focus everything that you need to get done. The second reason is that everything is slotted to be done at a specific time. The final reason is that writing things down is said to make goals a reality. The process of making the schedule is perhaps the most influential factor in accomplishing what you set forth. Also, just for convenience, I tend to carry around my schedule with me at all times so I can look at it several times a day so I can stay on top of things. Let's finally get to the actual process of creating the schedule!
The process of creating a schedule starts with brainstorming. Brainstorming is the key factor in creating an effective schedule. As important as it is, it is extremely easy. All you need to do is sit down and call to mind everything that you need to get done. It is crucial that you are 100% focused with no distractions while you are brainstorming so you do not forget to include something into your schedule. I recommend writing everything down in a "To-Do List" format, ranking things in order of importance.
Once you are done brainstorming, it is time to piece together a schedule. Simply pick a time that you want to work on your first task and then we build on it from there. Now you have to estimate how long it will take you to finish that task. Take that time and add it to the time that you chose to start your first task. This will be the time that you start your second task. For example, let's say you wanted to write a report a 3:00pm, you figure this will take you 45 minutes. Add 00:45 to 3:00 and this brings you to 3:45, so that is when you start your second task. You continue doing this until you either list all tasks or you run out of time in the day to schedule more tasks.
Now that you have your schedule created, the only thing left to do is complete every task. The hardest part will probably be keeping yourself focused and dedicated to keeping on task so you stay on time. The more often you use a schedule, the easier it will be for you to stay on time. After about a week, probably less time than that, you should be well adapted to your new way of staying on top of things. I know for a fact that you will feel massive amounts of relief when you realize how much you are accomplishing on a daily basis. Not to mention, there will be the psychological effect that will make you happier overall because you feel organized. I wish you all the best of luck with managing your time!