We get it. You're trying to climb the career ladder, keep up with your studies, hit the gym and eat right, all whilst maintaining a social life and 8 hours of sleep minimum. Sounds impossible, but it can be done!
1. Plan Plan Plan!
We're always being told to plan ahead but what does this really mean? We've broken it down into two easy steps. First of all, make a list of everything you need to do, with the most important tasks in red. Then, open up your diary and give your tasks a timeslot in the day.
Whether it's finishing off that essay, or finally going to that gym class - slot it into your diary like you would an appointment.
2. Set Realistic Goals
We would all love to be able run 5km, work 9-6, write a dissertation and meal prep all in the same day, but there's no need to throw yourself into the deep end.
You need to play to your strengths. If you're simply not a morning person, then don't force yourself to wake up at 5am instead of 7am- that habit won't stick in the long-term.
Instead, start by making small changes which you know you can achieve. So instead of waking up at 5am, why not start with 6:30am? This gives you 30 mins more "me time" a day. This doesn't sound like a lot, but do this 5 days a week for a month, and you've got yourself 10 extra hours.
3. Give Yourself a Break
No matter how it may seem, no one is perfectly productive all the time. Don't compare yourself to others. Focus on yourself and what is working for you.
And finally, treat yourself like how you would treat your best friend. Always make time to do the things you love - whether that's bingeing on Netflix or simply putting on a face mask, make self-care a priority!