The last six weeks of my life have been some of the busiest I’ve ever endured. I’m working a 30-hour internship, 10-hour job, two classes and a weekly volunteer position. While I would love to say I’ve made a smooth transition from Eugene to Portland, that would be a lie. I have bags under my eyes, I’ve developed a caffeine addiction and my mom thinks I’m dead because I haven’t had the chance to call them in two weeks.
I’m just now starting to get the hang of things, which means those bags are disappearing, I’m getting more sleep and I finally had a chance to call Momma Hailicka. Here are my five pieces of advice for managing a busy schedule:
1. Recognize Priorities
I’m learning to associate each task with a priority level. I usually catch myself doing things in the order they’re assigned, rather than doing them based on how high of a priority they are. Now I focus on getting the most important projects done first so I don’t feel overwhelmed doing the menial tasks at the end.
2. Make To Do Lists
With my busy schedule, Google Calendar and the to-do list app on my iPhone have become my best friends. By putting everything into these two tools, it’s easier for me to keep track of what needs done, what’s most important and where I need to be at what time. Consider reading “24 Ways to be Uncommonly Productive Today.”
3. Trade in Drinks for Sleep
While it’s tempting to explore a new bar in Portland most nights of the week, I’ve learned I enjoy the city much more during the weekends when I’m not cramped for time. I function well on seven hours of sleep and I’ve been making it a point to get that every work night.
4. Schedule You Time
It’s easy for me to forget to take a breath, relax and clear my head from time to time. That’s why I’ve scheduled time into my days where I take an hour to go to the gym, go for a walk, read a book or watch the latest episode of Fashion Police. Whatever it is that calms you down, do it!
5. Call Mommy
My poor mother has found herself at the bottom of my priority list lately, but I’ve moved her back up because every time I get the chance to talk to her, I feel a sense of relief and as well as an ego boost because I know she’s my biggest cheerleader. She always asks what I’ve been up to, and in telling her, I’m reminded about all the great things I’ve been doing.
Making the transition from sweatpants to office attire is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be the death of you. Cheers to being a working woman!