Managing my time wasn’t easy, I know that much! From September through to last week, I was doing 4 A2 levels, gadding about the country for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week campaign, and trying to maintain a social life. Oh and running a blog in the meantime, which I’m sure you’ll agree is no 2 minute job! Above photo is one from a blog shoot I managed to squeeze in there too. So my typical week in October involved college 9-4 on Monday… catching a train around 7am on Tuesday morning… meeting engineers and filming vlogs… getting home around 8… college Wednesday – Friday… and a whole lot of video editing and organising. Very busy! I know most teenagers have some kind of job to manage, but this one was a little different in that I worked either from home, or travelled around. I had to decide when to fit in my editing and whatnot.
A few people asked me how I managed everything – here you go!
— I knew that something had to give. The gym, in my case. I literally didn’t have enough hours in the day. I know I’ve sung the praises of 5:30am workouts many times, but there’s no way that would’ve ended well with late-ish nights too! For a couple of months, it was bye-bye gym bunny Lily. She’s back now though and aching from Metafit already.
— Time spent with family/friends/boyfriend was usually combined with doing something else. Not every time, obviously, that would be mean to never give 100% attention. But most of the time I was cracking on with something, be it replying to emails or doing drawings for textiles or whatever.
— I wrote blog posts or edited videos in bed in the mornings (at weekends). It eases the blow if you don’t actually have to get out of bed! I’m definitely still a morning person but when you’re tired, a little extra time under the covers doesn’t hurt.
— Obsessive list writing and diary-filling. Probably the most obvious and unoriginal tip for time management EVER, but there’s no way I could have managed without my notebooks and diaries! Everything goes in there. Every. Single. Thing. [Speaking of diaries, I’ve ordered myself a Bloggers’ Planner and can’t wait for it to arrive!]
— I explaining my situation to my teachers. Not in a ‘OMG I’m so busy take pity on me’ kinda way, but just so they knew I was doing my best to keep on top of everything and that I wasn’t being lazy if I forgot something.
— I made the most of train time. If I’m gonna be sat in one place for hours, I might as well make the most of it! In most cases, this meant physics homework that I could tick off my list and not have to think about for the rest of the week. Sometimes I felt like I should just stare out the window and appreciate the view from my travels, but there’s only so long I could stare without falling asleep and missing my stop!
— I tried to get as much mileage out of the day-to-day as possible. Whilst I didn’t have much time or daylight for outfit posts, I at least had new experiences to blog in a ‘diary’ type way.
So that’s how I tried my best to keep on top of things! I wasn’t always 100% successful (read: had a few mega stresses and was very, very tired) but for a short term, really exciting opportunity it was worth it. Good life experience!
lily kate x