I’ve signed up for a class in the fall, and also plan to volunteer with another organization. In order to accomplish these tasks, and do them well, I have to be a master of time management and my schedule.
I’ve recently started dedicating certain days of the week to certain activities which is out of the norm for me. Typically my week fills up by the Sunday preceding it and I fit people/activities in as there is room. Now I have two days locked down and let the rest of the week come together.
I’ve also stated keeping track of the week by keeping an online version of my schedule that I update the following morning. It sounds ocd but I keep track of all activities, including when I sleep, drive, what I eat, when I leave a certain place, etc. Once the week is complete I print it out and start over. This has been extremely helpful because it brought several things to my attention, like bad eating habits, not running as often as I thought I was, going to the store too often, and apparently not getting enough sleep on certain days of the week without good reason.
Keeping tabs on my schedule like this is tedious, but at the moment it’s fascinating because of the insight it’s provided. For the time being I’ll continue to do it until I can weed out the bad behaviors and add some good ones. At least I’ll be able to see when my progress is consistent.