With the pressure of being a graduating senior with honors, having a full-time internship, full-time job, full-time organization to run, and a full-time personal and social life; life can be pretty hectic. Trying to find a balance and a way to be everywhere at one time is no simple task either. A recent talk with one of my supervisor’s prompted me to try and find some helpful ways to fit everything in my life together. It is a hard task and may take tolerance from your superiors, which might be hard to find; but nonetheless I found some suggestions to start following:
1. Have a plan.
Wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual to start. Mapping out exactly what needs to be accomplished every morning is the next step and is a proven working tactic. This tactic is not going to make you “less busy” but will help prepare your mindset for what the day is going to consist of. This step is the most important and may help you schedule in your own break times which is my second suggestion.
2. Schedule a moment to breath.
When you explain to people all the different tasks you have on your plate, most likely they won’t care. They hired you for a reason, which is true, but you’re still human and deserve a break. Try to schedule a day or two off, but if you can’t do that either like me; allocate certain time slots of the day that you’re “off the clock” no matter what.
3. Create time blocks.
On top of the things you have on your “must-do list” are the other minute tasks of the day. These tasks are personal like laundry, food-shopping, going to the craft store for something you’ve prepared for the follow day, and so on. Making time blocks throughout your day will help. Monday through Wednesday I play the role of being a full-time student. Here’s an example of how I would time block these days:
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch/ send and respond to e-mails
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Library
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Organization meeting
After 9 p.m. – Laundry, grocery store run, personal time with family and friends etc.
4. Delete, diminish, and delay certain tasks or jobs.
I came into my senior year having a full-time waitressing/bartending job and a job offer at Madison Square Garden; also with two main priorities to accomplish. Graduating and finding an internship. I added an internship and an organization that I gained membership into. My schedule was definitely too much. So I decided to delete the Madison Square Garden job since it wasn’t the exact position I wanted and I can always re-apply. Deleting that one priority allotted more time for the other prospects I had picked up but don’t get me wrong even these things are tightly scheduled to fit!
Usually if you let your superiors know that you need some leeway it is granted but sometimes it is not. In that case these tips could help us both out. One thing I am is serious about my work and everything I do; your name and reputation is everything so try to keep a good rapport everywhere you go. These steps will definitely be a work in progress for me but should help out.
For more advice visit Accounting Web for their list of 66 tips, good luck and Happy Halloween!