Being a full-time student, working a full-time job, and being married can all sometimes drive me nuts. I love it all, but because I give 100% to whatever I commit myself to, it can get a little overwhelming. My favorite saying is, “So much to do, so little time.” Over the past few years I’ve figured out at least a few things that make my life (and my husband’s life) easier, healthier, and more manageable.
1. Chore Schedule
I used to pick one day and try to get all of the cleaning done, and I only did this once my place looked like a disaster. It would take me all day and I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Instead, I decided to make a daily chore list to do a little a day and never let it get overwhelming. For example, Monday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the sinks, and clean the counter tops. Tuesday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the toilets, do the dishes, etc. Breaking up the chores into little pieces at a time has made life much more manageable!
2. Use A Planner
For a lot of people, remembering things isn’t an issue. If you’re like me, you pretend it’s not an issue, and then reality sets in when you miss a birthday or a homework assignment. I got myself a tiny planner that fits in my purse, so that I have it 24/7. Every event, grocery item, and homework assignment goes in there so I can keep track of everything in a simple way. It’s all about getting in a routine and checking your planner every night or morning.
3. Cook In Bulk
Trying to cook every meal is way too stressful and time consuming. So, Sunday I do laundry and cooking. I cook some chicken, beef, and other meats for the week so that I can put it in different dishes all week. I may have a chicken wrap one day, and then the next day have a chicken caesar salad! This way, I’m eating healthy, but I’m not wasting time everyday cooking!
The biggest part of keeping everything balances and staying ahead of schedule is to figuring out what is going to help YOU be organized. For me, it’s these three things that really keep me focused. For you, it may be something different. Whatever it is, when you find what works, you will dominate the semester!