If you’re like me, you find it hard to make time for daily tasks, to relax, and to just enjoy life. With a job, studies, a social life and general responsibilities, it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day – suddenly you’re drowning in your to do list.
With working 20+ hours a week and full time university studies, trying to find time for friends, family and myself was always put on the back burner. I knew creating life balance would be important.
By making small proactive changes to my life, I feel motivated with my daily tasks.
- Digital Calendar
YouTuber Estée Lalonde made a great video on organising your life. One of my favourite tips of hers is to use a digital calendar. When I get my work roster, I put it into my calendar. I add when I have assessment due, social activities – everything! I feel more organised seeing when all my plans are and having time scheduled for my tasks.
2. Meal Preparation
I used to spend too much money on eating out because I didn’t want to cook all the time – it wasn’t great for my wallet or health. Meal prep has been a lifesaver for me.
YouTuber Lucie Fink made a ‘5 Days of Meal Prep’ video where she prepares ALL her weekly meals in advance. On Sundays, I prepare lunches for the week. One of my favourite meals to cook is basil pesto pasta, so delicious! Some of my other favourite snacks/treats to make are Vegan Spinach and Cheese Rolls, Vegan Blueberry Muffins and Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes – who said meal prep had to be all boring salads and no fun?
If you have important deadlines approaching, let your workplace know in advance – this way, you can take days off if needed. By planning out study days early, when the assessment dates draw nearer you won’t feel as stressed knowing you have allocated time to study.
4. Use a Budgeting App
I use the app Pocketbook. It’s a great app because it lets you set a ‘Safely Spend’ budget based on how much you earn so you can control your spending. You can set category budgets for how much you’d like to spend on certain items. I have an allocated fortnightly budget for fuel, eating out, entertainment, and shopping. It’s great to see what you’re spending on and control your finances in an easy and convenient way.
5. Sleep Sleep Sleep!
Getting enough sleep is extremely important. I wake up at 7am every day for work/uni so I aim to be asleep by 9.30pm/10pm. It can seem difficult – especially when you have assessment deadlines and responsibilities, but my key message is preparation and balance! Start your assignments early instead of staying awake for 3 days straight to finish an essay. I can’t get any assignments done when I’m sleep deprived. At least 7-8 hours of sleep each night will do wonders for your productivity.
I hope you found something helpful from these tips you can apply to your daily life. Remember everyone’s work load is different so adapt these tips to suit your lifestyle.
What are you best tips to stay organised and on top of life? Leave a comment below and let me know.