Now that I’m working 30 hours a week, married, and going to school, I’ve had a lot of trouble keeping up with everything. I’ve let the apartment become a chaotic mess, the laundry pile up, and I haven’t done something for myself in I don’t know how long. Life as a college student can get quite hectic! I’ve been trying to figure out how I can stop this cycle that keeps repeating every week. As much as sometimes schedules don’t work out the way you want them to, structure could be the key to success. In the past few weeks, I have mapped out certain days for me to get things done.
1. Weekly Schedule
I took a huge white erase board and put it in my closet (which I know I’ll look at every day.) I have Monday-Sunday written out with enough space for me to add stuff below the days.
2. Work and Class Hours
After making the basic outline, I fill in my work and class hours for the week. Now I can fill in the other stuff that I need to get done
Then I write in everything I need to get done for school (including every detail, no matter how small). Designating a time for homework will make it easier for me to sit down and actually do it.
When school is on the board, then it’s time to add housework, oil changes, trips to the bank, etc. (All of the stuff you really need to get done and keep forgetting or putting off.)
Finally, after your beautifully structured week is almost complete, add something you can do that is just for yourself. (Massage, nails done, workout, etc.)
As stated before, this approach isn’t for everyone, but it’s been working for me. With structure, I don’t allow myself to feel overwhelmed by all of the things I need to do, because I know there is a time I can do it! Don’t be discouraged if life gets in the way and throws your schedule off, because it will happen. Just take a deep breath, adjust your schedule, and keep smiling!