I'm officially a student again. This week is my Welcome Week at University and I've got that weird combination of excitement and nerves. Like all new starts, I'm determined to rock my Masters degree whilst at the same time taking this blog to the next level, and trying to have a social life too.
We all know that working or studying alongside blogging is a tough gig, and it takes some serious organisation skills to keep your head above water. Being a bit of a stationary lover (understatement of the Century) I've probably tried and tested every blog and study planner going but I've always found the same flaw cropping up time and time again. I will organise my blog in my blog planner, my university work in a separate planner and slot in my social life when I get chance. All very well and good I hear you say? Well no, because sooner or later you get a time clash. Planning everything separately is great but you soon forget that you have one day to juggle all 3 aspects and you've overestimated you are going to be able to do. We've all been there, you have an assignment for college and 4 blog posts to write, all before you start getting ready for that much needed girls night out. Which one do you focus on? How long do you spend on each? Life is complicated.
It was only when I was late-night Amazon browsing that I stumbled upon the answer to every multi-taskers question. The planner of dreams. The life organiser. The best mid-year diary. Ever. The BLOX Academic Diary. If the purple covering isn't enough to woo you, have a look at the inside.
Like most planners there is a year planner at the front. Starting in August, there is then a month planner, which moves on to a week-per-page view. This is where this planner really comes into its own (yes I do appreciate how geeky that sounds). In addition to the normal week view, there's a three columned grid next to it. Such a simple idea, but it's so so effective. There's probably a load of ways in which you can use this grid to your advantage, but they way I'm using it is to use the week view lined bit to put all my appointments/lectures etc, and then use a column for Uni, Blogging and Life, so I can keep a track of my daily to-do lists. I've been using it since the start of August and noticed that I get so much more done in a day because I don't over plan. I can easily see what days I'm so busy I have no time to do anything off a to do list, or what days I can focus on blogging. Fingers crossed, this little planner will mean that I can keep on top of everything, and somehow manage to stay sane.
How do you manage your time and stay organised? Do you have any postgraduate degree tips for me?