This semester is really testing my time management. I knew as I prepared to apply I knew having a grasp on how to manage my time at work, home, and school was critical to my success…and sanity. As I approach having a year of grad school under my belt and a little over a year to go I am at a vital point in my education. I know it is not impossible to work full time and go to school full time – I just need to plan ahead. That is it key. In order to help me get ideas on how to better manage my time I like to check out the articles on 99u.com. The last article I read was about how we can be our biggest barrier, self-sabotaging our tasks. I could definitely relate. One point I am going to try was about priorities:
De-prioritize results and acknowledge progress
When you start to notice yourself worrying about what people will think about your finished product, you can tell yourself these truths:
- Doing something is better than doing nothing.
- This is only a draft—I can always come back and edit it.
- I can’t know whether or not people will be happy, but I can focus on doing what I know how to do well.
By focusing on the process instead of the results, you’ll create a safe environment for gradual progress toward your ultimate goal.
I have been doing things just to get them done – be it office work, freelance and even school. Hopefully by applying some of these I will have a more productive (and less stressful) quarter.