It’s not often I go through a day without someone asking me:
Kirsten, how do you manage to do everything?
That question is usually followed by a response where I talk about the fact that I actually don’t do everything and it’s incredibly easy for things to fall through the cracks. Everyone makes mistakes, even the do-it-all girl. This year, I actually didn’t know I had any homework due in a class until March. You read that right; I forgot about homework for two months. But, I’m in the process of catching up and, if I’ve learned anything since starting college 3 and a half years ago, I can probably still swing an A in the class.
I’ve learned a lot in college and, if you haven’t started yet, you will too. You’ll learn how to navigate complex social structures and hierarchies similar to those in the jungle (only kind of kidding here) and how to manage a million things all at once. I’m here to share my tips on “doing it all” and how to get the most out of your college experience.
Pick things you love. I know it sounds generic, but don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. You’ll wind up spending time on things that don’t help you grow as a person and time on things you don’t enjoy. If you choose to do things you actually love, you’ll not only have fun doing them, you’ll meet other individuals who share your same interests.
Sit down and get organized. Dedicate some time to writing all of your assignments, due dates, meetings, office hours, etc. in a planner. You’ll thank me later. Finding it hard to get organized? Pick a planner you love. I highly recommend Erin Condren Life Planners. I have tried switching planners in the past but I have always reverted back to the EC Life Planner. Erin Condren is great because the planner actually feels like it’s yours and it is, because it’s actually made just for you! The planners run kind of expensive, but you’re paying for quality paper that pens won’t bleed through and the customization. You can choose whether you want a horizontal or vertical layout, whether you want 12 or 18 months, and you can get a ton of different stickers and dashboards (I have a meal planning dashboard and to-do dashboard) that make it easy to continue customizing your own planner as you go. You can check out my very own planner (and my life schedule) below!
Find a method that works for you. I am a morning person, so I have to work around that schedule. Sometimes it means waking up before the sunrise and going to sleep at 9 pm. Sometimes it means cooking all day on Sunday so I don’t have to during the week. Don’t forget to write it all down in that planner I mentioned!
Show up to class (and take good notes). No one has sympathy for the kid who isn’t doing well and didn’t even bother showing up to learn.
Allocate extra time for things you don’t want to do. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to do them. They will probably take you longer than you think because you don’t want to do them. And those things you have months to do? There is a reason you have months to do them. They will probably take much longer than a day, so try your best to work on them when you have the time rather than all at the last minute.
Tests: study one hour or one chapter a day leading up to the exam and review everything the night before. This system seems to help me so I don’t end up cramming all at the last minute.
Try not to overcommit. I am guilty of this one because I just want to do everything. But I always have to remind myself; do I want to be mediocre at everything or extraordinary in just a few things? This is why I ended up dropping out of several other clubs to focus on the fashion club, my blog, and graduating of course.
About my LifePlanner:
I bought the horizontal layout in the neutral tones. This keeps it from being too distracting with all the stickers and highlighters I use. I like to stick to a general color scheme when writing dates down; for example, all of my exams are written on the rounded corner rectangle stickers in the light pink.
The planners can take a bit of a long time to reach you, especially if you order during peak times. However, I usually order in July so I know my planner will arrive for the new year. You usually receive a coupon with your order as well, so you can always choose to buy more accessories for your planner later!
I paid extra for the rose gold binding and I absolutely love it. I love all my things in rose gold, which you probably know if you’ve followed my fashion blog for a while!
Is the Life Planner worth it?
Absolutely. I use it every single day and it helps me get so organized. I’ll spend the money if it gets the job done.
Unsure if the LifePlanner is perfect for you?
Try it out now! They are currently 50% off so you can give it a go for the rest of 2017 and see if you like it for next year!
If you have any more questions regarding the Life Planner, please don’t hesitate to ask!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.