Juggling life, graduate school, work and projects has always been a priority for me. Keeping all of the important elements of my life either in the air or the security of my hands is something I am forever learning. On occasion I “drop the ball” … I forget to publish an article, eat my dinner or sometimes to finish my reading – though with the cost of my tuition, I rarely forget to finish my reading!
Time Blocking is one method I use to manage the chaos of life. I learned this early on in my career. In business, smart companies encourage employees to designate small amounts of time throughout the day to precise tasks, which should be completed (while uninterrupted) in a specific time frame. I have taken the method of time blocking and applied it to many areas of my professional, academic and personal life. Not all of my hours are blocked into time breaks, sometimes a day of the week is designated to accomplishing a single goal.
Here’s an example:
Gym (in the morning), Work*, Homework 9-11 pm,
Work, Homework (lunch break), Schedule/Edit articles for She Takes on the World, Yoga (7 pm)
Work, (Class 6 pm), Homework 9 – 12 am
Gym, Work, Class (6 pm), Write article for Huffington Post
Gym (in the morning) Work, Family fun time!
Saturday & Sunday:
Go with the flow
*Keep in mind work is usually broken down into at least 4 time blocks
The aforementioned schedule is often tentative. When I am in the thick of my schedule I often think “What am I doing?”
Pursuing the things I am passionate about makes being busy worth it. Writing a blog article, editing an article or attending a conference for education is not a chore because I enjoy the topics I cover and learn. It also helps that being in graduate school is fun – it’s difficult, but it is also fun.
By the time you reach graduate school, hopefully you’ll be learning topics you’re thoroughly interested in … and school becomes less about grades and more about career advancement, progression and passion.
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