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I’m sure this year started just like every other. You swore to eat better, workout, and manage your time more effectively. Here we are in February, and can you honestly say you’ve kept to your promise? I understand that you probably haven’t, but here is a little guide to Keeping Up With Yourself (KUWYS).
1. WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING. Between my Resident Assistant position, my part time job, full time course load, and an active social life, I have a lot going on. I purchased a planner that I actually liked and wouldn’t mind carrying around. The trick to effectively using your planner is using it in a way that works best for you. Personally, I write down all big assignments (exams, projects, and papers), birthday celebrations, and events that I may need to attend. Even if you aren’t sure if you can make it (or even want to go) to an event, write it down!
Although I have space in my planner to write things out, I get kinda flustered. I’ve opted to writing on post-its, which I keep in the back of my planner, and post them where needed inside the planner. Then at the beginning of the week, I write out all the major things I need to accomplish during that week. To take it a step further, I write down what I need to accomplish within the next day or 2. Crossing things off my list makes me feel like Beyonce in the Girls video, so I tend to go a little overboard with it.
2. SHARE YOUR GOALS WITH FRIENDS WHO WILL MOTIVATE YOU. This may seem like bragging, but trust me, it helps. There are even studies that show that when you verbally commit to something, you are more likely to do it. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for years now, but kept pushing it off for one reason or the other. But at some point last year, I started sharing my vision with my friends. These friends have draggggggeddddd me for not having it done by the time I said I would, but their constant questioning of when I plan on publishing reminded me to keep working on it. Share your goals and your plans aloud, so in the chance that you can’t hold yourself accountable, someone else will.
3. PRAY. My terrible time management has led to me starting off my morning with a prayer “against the spirit of procrastination”. This may sound excessive, but it is the truth. As all other things in your life, before you try to fix it yourself, take it to God. Waking up in the morning knowing that I have asked God to help me pushes me just a little further because I know God will help me if I help myself. So instead of snoozing that 7:00am alarm, get on your knees and pray against those spirits sis.
Going into 2017, I want to get a lot better with this whole time management thing, especially since it’ll be my first year adulting. These are just a few things that have worked for me. What works best for you?