With school quickly approaching, it’s time to get my shiz together and figure out how I’m going to fit everything into my schedule so that I can stick to my goals and my priorities.
This is a challenge I thoroughly enjoy.
Scheduling is my favorite thing in the world, I’m convinced.
But sometimes it can definitely be a struggle to fit work, hobbies, exercise, and a social life into a busy school schedule. Actually following this schedule week after week is another story entirely.
Here is how I schedule my goals, priorities, and everything else using Google Calendar! It’s super easy and, in my opinion, kind of fun. You can get creative with it, and it gives you a nice visual for how your week is going to look based on what you come up with.
STEP 1 – THE STRICT NON-NEGOTIABLES
Start by scheduling in the things that are absolutely required in your weekly schedule and must be done at the same time every week. For me, these are my classes. This way, you can schedule the rest of your priorities around what is required, and know what time slots are open.
*QUICK TIP – COLOR COORDINATING IS SUPER HELPFUL
This will make it super easy for you to see what scheduling priority you’ve put in and how much time it is taking up. I made most of my classes yellow, except for my psychology class I’ve colored orange because it is an online class and can be done at any time. But it has to be done at some point, so I’ve given it a specific time slot and used a different color. This way I know it’s a different format of class than my others.
STEP 2 – THE MORE FLEXIBLE NON-NEGOTIABLES
I’m lucky enough that my workplace lets me choose my own schedule, so I will schedule work around my classes rather than the other way around. So, after putting in my classes, I then decide my work schedule for the semester based on how quickly I can get to and from classes to work.
*QUICK TIP – ADDING LOCATIONS IS ALSO SUPER HELPFUL
I included the locations of my classes so that I know where I’ll be on campus at the time and can schedule around it appropriately.
For example, I don’t want to have to walk across campus just to do homework at my apartment if I have to be back to that side of campus in two hours.
STEP 3 – THE FLEXIBLE PRIORITIES
This is everything else that you want to accomplish in your weekly schedule that can be moved around, based on your non-negotiables. I am scheduling in homework time, exercise time, and blogging time, as these are my other priorities and are things I have set goals for.
This way, I am making sure that I’ve set aside time to achieve the things I want to achieve and spend time doing things that make me feel good.
*QUICK TIP – REMEMBER TO BE REALISTIC
I didn’t schedule in my meals because I pretty much just eat whenever I’m hungry, but don’t forget that eating is something you have to do and make time for.
Also, don’t forget that you have to get to and from places, so you don’t want to schedule anything too close together or you will constantly feel like you’re in a rush.
You will also want downtime in your life where things aren’t scheduled! You aren’t a machine, and you’ll burn out FAST if your life is completely based off of a schedule! Therefore, try to keep at least an hour or two of your daily schedule free for whatever you feel like doing at the time.
Lastly, remember that you won’t always be able to follow your schedule to a T. Life happens, school gets extra busy, we get sick, and sometimes we just have straight up bad days. It’s nothing to beat yourself up over.
Hopefully using Google Calendar helps you to find a schedule that you can fit all of your priorities in and stick to your goals! I don’t always follow mine very strictly, but mostly use it as a remember of how much time I’d like to put into something throughout the week.
I hope you are all enjoying these end-of-summer weeks!