Like many MBA students, I am very busy. I work 37.5 hours per week at my day job. My dance company, Collateral & Co., is another twenty to thirty hours of work per week. To top it all off, I am a full time student and my work is never done with homework, group projects, and side projects to ensure I’m doing everything in my power to perfect my craft. In all honesty, it is exhausting and I would be lying if I said I had it all figured out. The truth is, I have had to become exceptional at staying organized and keeping my cool. Below I’ll share a few tips that have helped me stay organized and kept me on top of my game.
Get a Calendar… Or Two!
I cannot stress this one enough. A calendar is SO important. Whether it is a virtual calendar with notifications sent directly to your phone or a physical calendar that sits on your desk and travels everywhere with you, a calendar will keep your deadlines straight and your appointments clear.
For my #ladybosses out there, I really like the “Self Made” calendar by Create & Cultivate. I especially like this planner because it encourages you to hustle. It also encourages you to write down your goals and ambitions for your side hustle. By effectively keeping track of how you are making small steps towards your goals, you’ll get there more quickly than you thought.
Pro tip: If you don’t want to fork over the money for a planner like the one mentioned above. Get two more affordable planners – one for your day job and one for your side hustle. I have a second planner that I keep track of my goals in and mark down milestones as I work to reach those goals with my dance company.
I’m sure you have heard this one before, but making lists keeps you motivated to return to projects and finish strong. There’s no better feeling than crossing an item off your to-do list.
You can even set reminders in your smartphone to help you cross off the items on your list!
Ask for help…
This is one I really struggle with. I have never been great at delegating tasks and requesting help. But help is one of the easiest things you can ask for and can really help to keep you from burning out or having a breakdown.
This help can be a physical person or it can be a program like Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a social media management platform that can keep all of your posts in one safe place. Feeling overwhelmed by keeping up with your social media page on top of all the other things you do for your business? We’ve all been there. Do yourself a favor and get on Hootsuite. I promise it will be your best friend.
All of the above seem fairly simple, but we are all guilty of allowing time and procrastination to get the best of us. I hope this article was helpful and it gave you some ideas to help you get a little bit more organized. Already a pro at staying organized? How do you stay organized? Let me know in the comments below – we could all use a few more tips!