Adulting 101

Never enough time

Time is something we all struggle to have enough of when we become adults. 

We get so busy going to work and school that we tend to lose the balance between them. Eventually, we lose track and fail to stay on top of deadlines for assignments. When that happens, we begin to feel as if we are just hanging on by a thread and things get a little crazy. 

Accomplishments become much harder to achieve. Between work, school and myriad other things, we fall short of what needs to be done. We may get things done but not in our best way. Sometimes, this causes us to think of possibly letting go of something on our plate. 

Figuring out how to get back on track and have that balance again could do the trick. In that case, start by reorganizing your time. It’s just like when your room gets messy and you have that one day where you say, “OK, I have to clean my room,” — just like that. 

In your free time or when you are on your 15-minute break at work, think of all the assignments and duties you need to accomplish for the week. Write them down in your planner. If you don’t have one, get one. Then, look at your work and school schedule. Viewing it this way helps you figure out when you can get things done. 

Maybe having so much to deal with is not the best route. In that case, making a list of things to do and crossing out the ones that are the least important can help as well. Going out with friends or meeting someone for coffee are not that important knowing that you must study for a test you have the next day. From there, you can figure out the best schedule that can make things easier.

When managing your time, remember that you must eat and sleep eventually. Those things are highly important. Allow yourself to have at least a 30-minute break for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t work and eat at the same time. Rest your brain for a bit and make it as peaceful as possible.

At the end of the day, try to stop working your brain at 9 in the evening; midnight at the latest if necessary. If you are feeling a bit tired the next day, take a power nap for no more than 30 minutes, otherwise you will feel tired the rest of the day. 

Managing your time may seem frustrating and silly to some people. If you want to be a little extra, hiring an assistant will do. 

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