Creating a Solid Schedule and Sticking to It

Since last week I talked to you guys about my bullet journal process, I thought I’d share a few tips on setting a schedule. Whether you’re starting a new quarter like I am or you are just picking up where you left off, or if your not in school at all, setting a schedule can be a bit difficult.
While I was in my Fall quarter, a blogger I follow (Sam Brown from the Smart Twenties Blog) had a limited run class about creating a study schedule. And there were several things that I loved that I think can be applied to everyone when creating a schedule.
1. Treat your calendar as if it were set in stone
The first thing that i seem to do when I put my schedule in a calendar is to ignore it and go back to doing whatever it is that I was doing before. Which usually means only taking work and classes seriously. But when I make a point at looking at my schedule constantly, I tend to stick to doing things when I plan to.
2. Make time for things that are important to you
Tt’s really easy to just put in the really important stuff that you have to commit to and not put in the stuff you want to be doing. Putting in fun events makes your calendar look a little nicer and it also gives you something to look forward to.
3. Schedule down time
When I see jam packed calendars I immediately just get tired. Putting in some down time makes getting things done a little easier. Making time for breaks is not going against productivity but a self care practice that we sometimes forget about until we burn out.
Also when working on projects for an extended period of time, try using the Pomodoro technique  in order to promote productivity and to make tasks seem less daunting.
4. Try not to put too many things on a to-do list
This is usually hard for me because I am always remembering the things that i need to do while i am doing other things. Once I put them on a list, I feel pressure to complete it all and I convince myself that I can do it all in one day. The reality is that getting all the boxes checked off is not a reality sometimes. There are bound to be restrictions that limit your ability to get things done. So try not to put so much pressure on yourself. Maybe you can even try using an Eisenhower Box to help figure out what to focus on.

But how do you actually stick to a schedule?

Honestly, I’m still trying to convince myself that getting out of bed is a good idea even though all I want is to stay in bed. What I’m trying to say is that it is all up to you. I don’t have any secret methods to propel you through your day. You have to be able to find things that make you want to keep going. I was told once that we should do the things we love and honestly that can help move you through your day. So make time to do things you love.

If you have any tips on how to stick to your schedule or planning tips comment below! Or share this with someone struggling to get their schedule in order.
-Joss

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