It’s been a month since my last post and I can’t believe how quickly that month has gone. With a month of deadlines, meetings and working with new people to say it hasn’t been stressful would be a complete lie.
Although it has been very full-on I have found comfort in the chaos.
Back to back meetings, multiple projects and working closely with teammates is something I do enjoy. This year has already made me fall back in love with my degree and film production in general. It has helped me remember why I started this degree in the first place.
Finding my feet and keeping on top of my workload has been a big challenge for me over the last month. With my course requiring so much creative thought and energy, this blog has taken a bit of a back foot. Now my creative juices are starting to flow again outside of my course lets hope this is the start of a new influx of blog posts! Especially with my favourite time of the year around the corner.
Time management has always been something I pride myself in. My great time management skills are what has helped me within my chosen specialism of producing as well as balancing university, coursework, exterior projects, my job, social life as well as taking care of myself.
A huge turning point for me was finding the importance of scheduling in time to schedule the following day.
I am a complete sucker for organisation. Please show me all your graphs, diary’s and journals! Nothing makes me feel more in control than seeing physically where I’m at and what I have to do on paper. For me, there’s something much more real about seeing a to-do list on paper rather than a phone screen. I also find much more satisfaction physically crossing off those to do’s throughout the day.
Using a bullet journal is a great place to keep everything in one place created in a way that suits you and only you! It’s important to remember what works for one person may not work so well for another.
Sometimes it may take a few weeks before finding a style that works for you though I believe this to be part of the fun. Also, try not to get too caught up in the aesthetic of your bullet journal. I tried starting a bullet journal maybe three times before sticking to it. Mostly because I didn’t feel I had the artistic capability. My journal is now a mess but it’s a functional mess that works for me, that’s what matters.
It is also extremely important to schedule in YOU time. It’s easy to continuously work, forget to eat and ultimately burn yourself out (I am very guilty of this). But eventually, this will catch up with you and the work you produce won’t be as good as it would be having taken care of yourself. Occasionally you need to give yourself time off. Whether that be half a day, day, weekend or even a couple of hours. It’s important to clear your mind completely of the work and stress.
This was partly the reason I wanted to start tracking my mood. With so much going on it’s so refreshing to take five minutes at the end of the day to evaluate my mental/physical/emotional health. I think it’s so important to be aware of how your routine is making you feel. Seeing patterns in your moods against what you had on that day can really indicate the areas that are negatively affecting you.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO GIVE YOURSELF A LUNCH BREAK AND ADEQUATE SLEEP!
I think a lot of you can relate when I say reading others blog posts or watching Youtube videos on bullet journaling is a bit of a guilty pleasure (and probably a bit of procrastination). Though I love these they did fuel my OCD tendencies that put me off bullet journaling in the originally. Please excuse awful artistic skills!
I would like to thank fellow film student Ashley for inspiring me to give Bullet Journaling another go!
What are your top tips for time management? I would love to start a discussion in the comments!