I want to grow up and be Superwoman. Sometimes I forget that I am not already her.
I want the ability to do 12 hours of flawless work in a 7.5-hour workday. And earn a master’s degree at the same time. And be an attentive wife. And do interesting freelance work on the side. And put a good home-cooked meal on the table every night. And use enough coupons to buy $100 worth of groceries for $1.75. And regularly entertain friends and family at home. And say yes to every volunteer opportunity that comes my way. And (someday) raise intelligent, well-adjusted children with good hearts. All, of course, while getting eight hours of sleep a night and staying caught up on my favorite TV shows. See where I’m going here?
I have always been this way and don’t anticipate that changing much any time soon, so I’m learning to embrace it. But instead of letting it stress me out too much, I’m trying to better manage my time so that I can continue to do as many of these things (and others) as I can without completely losing my mind.
Writing a blog is a serious time commitment, as I am quickly discovering in the social media course I am taking this semester with Dr. Carrie Brown-Smith. It’s not something I would have started on my own, but thankfully this class is pushing me to make more effective use of social media. So I figured I would use my “beat blog” for the class to explore the time management balancing act we all perform every day.
In the coming weeks I will blog about the trials and tribulations of working full-time and attending graduate school at night, while at the same time juggling all of life’s other commitments. I am no expert at time management, but I have learned a few things trying to make it all work over the last 2.5 years that I look forward to sharing with you.
What are your tried-and-true tricks for making the most of your time when you’re at your busiest?