how I manage my time

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be aware that I started a new job on Wednesday. This means I now have two jobs (social media executive for two food brands), as well as my own blog/ Instagram to run. This is by no means intended as a “flex” of some sorts. I just want to share some tips with you that have helped me stay on top of things. 


PLAN!!!

I’ve seen so many stories & memes with people saying that a 2020 planner was the most useless thing they’ve ever invested in. And sure, with lockdown, planners might not be *as* essential as before. But I still use mine everyday, because I find it really helps me to keep on top of everything. I do love a to-do list & the satisfaction from ticking things off as the day wears on. Plus, writing all your tasks down for the day or week ahead (depending on how early you plan) can ensure nothing is missed out. This probably sounds like such a basic/ glaringly obvious tip to some of you but I honestly swear by it and so couldn’t miss it out.

Include “fun stuff”

My planner isn’t just a series of daily tasks. Sure, everyday I’ll write down my work tasks – but I also include fun stuff, like meeting a friend or going to the beach. Because if you consciously plan those sorts of things into your week, you’ll actually make the time for them. You can’t only work! Otherwise – like with anything – you’re bound to burn out. So planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming, creating a seemingly endless list of chores to complete. It can also be a way of encouraging yourself to take time out, see friends, relax etc. It’s all about that balance.

e.g. meeting up with friends

Create a routine

Routine can help in so many ways. Obviously you don’t want to become too rigid, and a certain degree of flexibility is key to the routine’s success, but it can help to have a rough outline to your day. For example, I try to go to bed and wake up around the same time everyday so my body’s rhythm is established, and usually I’ll start the day with a gentle yoga flow as it makes me feel so good. Or often I’ll aim to do my work tasks in the morning so I can chill later on in the day. Find what works for you and use that to your advantage.

good brekkie to start the day

play to your strengths

Moving on from this, you want to plan your time according to your strengths. If you know you’re an early bird, use these extra morning hours to get on with any work/ studies/ chores you might have. Equally, if you’re productivity is greatest in the evenings – don’t waste this time. I don’t personally wake up *super* early, but I like to set an alarm for about 8:30am as I do find I work best before lunch. There’s no right or wrong, just what suits you.

fresh air (when possible) is always good

schedule

I know this probably seems like the same thing as planning, but I like to think of it as an extension to planning. When I’m especially busy (e.g. the run up to exams), I’ll draw out a schedule with squares for everyday. Then, I’ll write in revision, work tasks, sport, socialising, family time etc all in different colours into the boxes. I find this visual breakdown of my day really helps me with productivity, especially in the morning because I know exactly what I need to do when I wake up. This way, you don’t spend an hour thinking about what you want to focus on!

switch off

One thing that’s especially important is being able to switch off. Whether it be literally turning off your phone, signing out of Instagram, putting away your notes… whatever it is that’s keeping you busy, be sure to have time away from it everyday. I’m not great at this I have to be honest; since I effectively have 3 separate work accounts for Instagram, I always feel like there’s more I can do.

But I know this is bad for my brain, as it’s constantly being stimulated by work-related tasks/ information. What I try to do is spread my work out over the week, then take a step back at the weekend to recharge and regain my mojo. At university, I’ll often hardly look at my books at the weekend if I can – and then grind hard during the week. It’s not always possible but I try to at least take it easy over the weekend.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different post to usual, and if you have any more requests don’t hesitate to drop me a DM.

Emma ♥♥