I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t been able to post as often as I like. Pulling close to 12-hour days and going to school part-time (will I ever be finished? Next June – whoo, hoo.), my schedule just hasn’t allowed me to think clearly and publish witty, though-provoking posts – or even boring ones, for that matter. You might also notice my grammar is getting worse, perhaps due to fuzzy thinking or maybe deteriorating skills, I’m just not sure.

Yet, with such a tight schedule, I’ve figured out ways to squeeze things in and minimize wasted hours. I have strong will-power that has allowed me to:

  • Get up 30-45 minutes earlier. Instead of getting up at 6:30, I get wake up between 5:45 and 6 am. This gives me time to blog in the mornings, network, and check my email.
  • Spend less time on Facebook, random news sites or browsing the internet willy-nilly. It’s easy to get sucked into off-topic ideas. One minute I’m on Pinterest, the next I’m looking up an architect, hair style, or some other random thing that caught my eye. I can get easily side-tracked and waste 30 minutes or so.
  • Prioritize and make lists. I still use paper and pencil to make a “to-do” list of things that must be done.
  • Work smarter and quicker. Sometimes this means shortcuts, but most of the time it just means not reinventing the wheel – taking something I already know and work with what I’ve got versus starting from scratch.

Getting through busy weeks like this without losing sleep is my top  priority. I’m sure that things will slow down eventually, but as of right now it’s looking like the next three weeks will be just as busy as the past four.

How do you prioritize and make it through a hectic week with too many responsibilities on your plate?

9 Comments

  1. Good plan. February was crazy and I’m hoping March will be a little calmer. I’m not very good at time management and I just try to do the best I can. Sleep seems to be the sacrificial lamb…

    • @Joe – Sleep is something I won’t give up! I try to make the most of the rest of my time instead and do as much as I can. But, again, it’s a little easier without children. 😉

  2. I plan out my day the week before! This way I make sure I do all the important things I need to take care of and don’t forget about them. Also, I find it helpful to break things down into little things that I have to do so I don’t get too overwhelmed!

    • @Suburban Finance – breaking down tasks is another good tip for a hectic week or day. Sometimes I just have too many things on my plate and that’s where prioritizing comes in!

  3. Making lists is huge to getting anything done. When you’re in a state of near-overwhelmed, then I think you have to prioritize your tasks in order to have a chance at gaining any headway.

  4. Prioritizing can be really difficult. I like to use a good old fashioned paper planner and write out my to do list, then I number things according to what must happen down to what is totally optional. Its a great skill to master! Good luck balancing everything you are working on!

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