Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3 Tips on Time Management

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It’s not easy being a modern woman of the 21st century. It’s awesome that in the present, women are encouraged to seek out careers, pursue higher education, and start families at the same time. I’m definitely not ready to start a family, but I am establishing my career both in aerospace and in fashion blogging. Additionally, I’ve decided to go back to school. I am working towards getting my Marketing Management Certificate from the University of Washington. But between work, school, and blogging, plus spending time with my family, boyfriend, and friends, my schedule is full. I’ve been out of school for two years and I’ve realized that “figuring out” my life is a never ending process.

Luckily I’ve learned 3 main lessons to help me with time management. In order to prevent myself from getting too stressed out and help the loved ones in my life not feel neglected, here are three things to try:

1.       168 Hours Exercise

Have you ever heard the saying that you have as much hours in a day as Beyonce? I sure have and I have to keep that in mind on days I feel frantic. Have you ever sat down and thought out about how you spend your hours during the day? The 168 Hours Exercise will help you see how you really spend your time.

There are 24 hours in a day X 7 days a week = 168 hours

Step 1: Write down the amount of hours your per week you spend on each activity:

-          Sleeping (example: 7hours/night = 7 hrs x 7 nights = 49 hours/week)

-          Eating (example: 3hours/day = 3 hrs x 7 days = 21 hours/week)

-          Commuting to Work (example: 2hours/day = 2 hrs x 5 days = 10 hours/week)

-          Working

-          Blogging

-          Working Out

-          Spend on Netflix, social media, surfing the internet

-          Etc.

Step 2: Add up all of those hours
Sleeping (49 hours) + Eating (21 hours) + Commuting (10 hours) + Working (40 hours) +...
= (Total Number of Hours)  

Step 3: Subtract the total from 168 hours. The number you’re left with is the amount of time/the capacity you have to either commit to new opportunities or spend relaxing.
168 hours - (Total Number of Hours) = (Hours you have left in a week)

Did you realize you spend more time on activity than you anticipated? Is this how you really want to spend your days? Is there an activity or a new hobby you’ve been wanting to do but didn’t think you had the time for? Seeing how many hours you spend vs. have left during the week can help you manage your workload and also help you determine if you can commit more time to new activities.
2.       Have a Planner

I’m a person so writes everything down because I know I can’t remember every date or event that’s happening. Get a fun planner from TJ Maxx or Target and write down any big meetings or events coming up. You can even record any goals you have that month. I write things out so I’m not blind sighted when things come up and can prepare for the events.

Here are some of the things I record in my planner: To Do Lists, blogger events, photo shoots, assigned reading/homework, birthday parties, etc.

3.       Carve out YOU time because YOU matter

No matter what your commitments are in your life, remember to carve out time for yourself. The best person to take care of you is yourself. You know when you’re drained and you know when you’re stressed. Whether it’s taking a 30 nap every day, or 2 hours of Netflix, take the time for yourself. Personally, my “me time” is when I run, walk, and exercise. Sometimes it’s when I read and even shop (no surprise there). You have to allow yourself to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. So protect this time for yourself in your calendar – don’t be afraid to turn down social events especially if you need to recharge!

I hope these 3 time management were helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions or have any other tips to share :)

Watch featured in the picture: Koa & Ash Watch | JORD Watches
Thanks for reading!



  1. These are such wonderful tips! Having some time for myself is so important, especially since I'm home with my son all day. I love having me time while reading at a coffee shop or squeezing in a workout. Great post!

    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment Polly :) I'm glad you enjoyed the tips and that you have your designated me time!

  2. I love your take on time management!!! It's nice to see a different perspective - must be your aerospace side �� I usually try to multitask my way through the day. I'll try this method next week. I love my simplified planner. Check it out!

    1. Thank you for reading the post and stopping by Sarah! Hopefully of one these tips is somewhat helpful to you :)

  3. Such a simple way to track time and to see where most of it is used up. I have an excel doc with graphs so it's easier for me to see. It has really made me realise when I need to be most productive! Thanks for sharing, Emma.

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