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.