This week marked my first week back to school. More specifically, grad school. After a nice long summer break…I am now back to conquer my Master’s Degree. Woohoo….
Here are my top 8 essentials to keep me sane while still juggling the rest of my life.
First things first….COFFEE.
Oh boy, I need coffee morning, noon and night. Since I am the only one who drinks coffee at my house, I always used to just to go to the coffee shop to buy coffee. However, last Christmas, my mom bought me a desktop Keurig, and I love it! It is my best friend right now.
Creating a new routine
Right before grad school started, I had to take a look at what was going to need to change in my life to accommodate the school work. I knew that I was going to need to change my daily routine and create a new method.
I wrote down what I usually spend my day doing, when I normally did laundry, house cleaning, working on my blog, activities with my son, etc. My nights are now to be reserved for homework, at least 2 hours per night and I had to re-prioritize my other tasks and make a new schedule. It may not work, but I can change it as I go.
It is super helpful to have a new schedule in mind though once school started, so I wasn’t stressing myself how trying to figure out how to get it all done.
Next is my ToDo List
I found these great tear pad To Do List on Amazon, and they have been a lifesaver.
There are a few different sections in which to write down your lists, and so at the beginning of the week I can write down every homework assignment I have for the week, then put the most important ones in Top 3 Priorities section and everything else in the To Do section.
I get done what I can each night and what I don’t get done put on the next day’s list, and I continue that every day. It has helped a lot in not waiting until last minute to get assignments done.
I also use a weekly calendar that has my actual due dates of my assignments plus the tasks I need to get done outside of school.
Basic calendars are my go to. Nothing too fancy or flashy. Just something so that I can see what my week looks like. I like to have it all written down.
I tried to go digital once, and it is not as satisfying as physically crossing items off my calendar. Here is the one I use.
With everything I am doing, I have to give myself a time out a few times a day. Setting it for only 10 minutes and just walk away from what I am doing so that I don’t get too overloaded because otherwise, I will get frustrated and just walk away with nothing completed…which doesn’t benefit anyone.
I just use the timer on my fitness band or phone. This is not the time to go and work on something else because I could get distracted and not return to what I was originally doing.
So I take a walk, sit in silence, throw a load of laundry into the washer, or get a snack. Do something small just to provide a welcome distraction; then I go back refreshed and finish what I was working on.
The grocery store in my town offers online shopping for all your groceries and then an employee at the store with gather everything for you and either have it ready for you to pick-up or will deliver it to you for a small fee. And by a small fee, its only $5 for delivery. It is so handy!
The only thing is that delivery is not the same day. Its next day, so if I need something for dinner tonight, then I need to go to the store to pick it up.
Such a savior now that school is back in session. Pinterest is flooded with crockpot recipes, and if you plan out properly, then you can set up 30 days of meals and just have them in the freezer, ready to put in the crockpot each morning. Then when I get home, all I have to do is plate it up. Also, let us not forget about crockpot liners. Such an amazing invention! So great not to have extra dishes to wash.
After I put my son to bed, I then start on my homework. No matter what time I get done with my homework, I can’t seem to go straight to bed. I always need at least 30 min to an hour to unwind and clear my head. That is when I break out the wine and put on one of the many shows stocked up on my DVR. Did you know that you can order wine through Amazon?!
What are somethings that help you stay sane when adding a new time commitment into your life?
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