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Overexerted

Sorry I was M.I.A last week. I was dealing with finals and depression over losing five people in one week to some incredibly tragic events. I used planning a blogger brunch and Lily's birthday as an escape from my sadness, but mainly I have been incredibly unfocused. I also think that my recent poor time management skills have finally took their toll on me. I'm not going to pretend that I am the busiest person in the world, but I have been having a hard time juggling all my different hats: full-time student, almost full-time employee, full-time blogger, live-in fiancée , home-maker, studier of two languages, over an hour each way commuter, aspiring foodie, caller of the mother and grandmother, distance friender, close friender, and avid reader to name a few. You maybe saying holy cow Batman, slow your roll. But, the truth is I thrive on being busy. If I don't have things to do I become the laziest person on the entire planet. 

The thing is, I used to be incredibly good at time management. I'm not the only one who thinks so, I was once praised on my skills by my Freshman experience adviser. But, I think the 8 months after I moved abroad and didn't have a job or a set schedule really took their toll. Since I am trying to get back on track, I thought that maybe I would share my process of becoming a better time manager here on the blog. Maybe we can help each other out. 

The picture above is my schedule for next week when classes start again. This is my normal schedule except that sometimes I will work 3 days a week, some weeks 4. I also almost never have a weekend day off, it just so happens that I am going to a bachelorette party on Saturday. 

I think the first step to any good time management is to make a list of all the things you have to do each week and then put them on a calendar so you can see what your week already looks like. Then you can add in the things that you want to do. *Important note, you may notice that catching up on other blogs and blogging are added onto the above calendar of what I have to do. That is because talking to you guys on here is one of the highlights of my week so I make sure it is in the have to do list. 

What would your have to do list look like? Do you feel that you are good at time management? 

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I'm completely with you regarding thriving while being busy. I find though, this week I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of it because my dad and stepmom came into town over the weekend, and in addition to being a blogger, I also work full-time, go to grad school full-time, and have been upping my workout game. (And I try to maintain a somewhat normal social life along with those things!) Things have sort of caught up with me at this point and I feel a bit like I'm drowning--9 chapters to read this week, 1 paper (for which I have to cite 10 sources!), 4 questions to answer.. and this is all due by Monday morning. Add 40 hours of work, an all-day conference on Saturday, and a concert that I bought tickets for months ago.. and you have a very frazzled Megan. 
 
I hope your scheduling/planning works out for you! I find it's easiest to do that, too. To have an idea of what's coming up and what you need to get done. 

Kaitlin, first of all, I am very sorry for the loss of your friends.
Take all the time that you need.
About time management... I totally get you. I want to get so many things done, and then I do not find time for all those things. I think it helps, like you said, to use a schedule, to set up goals of what you need and want to get done and then to slice it into doable pieces, yearly, monthly, weekly, daily.
For organization tools I really recommend Mayi Carles from Heartmade blog, I do not know if you know her, but she is very funny, kind and really offers some great advice and tools, just look :
http://heartmadeblog.com/
 

I love the idea of planning. I have a paper planner that I use, but not efficiently. Working from home means my time management skills need to be epic. And they're not. I really should get into a block system like you have on the calendar. I need to schedule time to create a schedule, ha!
I hope things start looking up for you soon. Sending you good vibes from Chicago :)

I definitely understand being crack-crazy busy! Time management is essential in my life, and I still often feel like there aren't enough days in the month to do it all! And there is usually a point every 6 months or so that I feel so overwhelmed I want to quit it all. But somehow it always comes together and life goes on! :) However since I finished my master's life has slowed down a LOT. I'm not very busy. Like you, though, I thrive on it. So...I'm bored! Fortunately I'm in the process of finding a new job which will hopefully be more challenging and stimulating and then of course I'll be busier than I ever thought possible when I add a baby into the mix! :) Good for you making a calendar to keep it all straight!
Also, I'm curious what happened to that you lost 5 friends! That's terrible! I'm so sorry for your loss! :(