Time management tips for a new schedule and commute

The Internet is full of tips and lists about how to best undertake the challenge, and it really varies person to person with what works best. Since I’ve started my internship and commute to Portland every day, I’ve found that a few tips stick out for me above the rest.


1. Know yourself and how you work. When are you most productive each day? Least productive? For instance, I know that I am not going to get up any earlier in the morning than I have to in order to get ready for work, so I have to finish all of my work for the following day before I go to sleep. It’s important to know what you can and can’t handle so you don’t end up putting yourself in a bad position come 6 a.m., when you still have something to finish up just an hour before the bus comes.

2. Use your spare waiting time to be productive. Okay, this makes it on time management lists everywhere, but it’s true. If you commute to work, try to use that time to read the news or a book for fun, or take the time to contact friends or roommates you want to keep in touch with. Even just a few minutes spent doing this rather than spacing out looking out the window allows you to finish little daily things that now fit a lot more easily into your schedule.

3. Make a set time to do things that are important to you. Exercising, hanging out with friends, exploring a new place, knitting, whatever. Some times, if you don’t have a specific time to do these things, it gets easy to push them off for another day (I’m looking at you, exercise).  By carving out an hour of your day to do some yoga or write three pages of the screenplay you’re working on, it can become more of a habit and ensures that you get some time to yourself to do something that is important to you.

Kaitie Todd

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4 Responses to Time management tips for a new schedule and commute

  1. andrewsch90 says:

    What a relevant post! I was just thinking today about how I need to improve my time management. We don’t realize how lucky we were with our college schedules, until they are gone. Between commuting to work and working from 9 to 5, there isn’t much personal time left in the day. I’m going to take your advice and try to be more productive during my MAX rides. Thanks!

  2. Nick Smith says:

    I’m not sure you could have picked a better topic for all of us PDXSXers. Transitioning from students with a ton of free time to professionals with little to no free time is going to be one of the hardest adjustments for most of us. Thanks for the tips.

  3. lockerobster says:

    Transitioning from school schedule to 8 or 9-5 schedule has been the toughest part of the program so far. I think a company’s work-life integration culture is what makes or breaks the everyday grind. (Have to remember to get a bit of exercise after sitting at a desk all day long!) However, it has been amazing going home in the evening and just unwinding.

  4. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Kaitie. Welcome to the professional world! 🙂


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