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Summer is here in Madison, WI, and that probably means you have a lot of plans quickly crowding up your schedule! Whether you’re planning a summer vacation, going to a summer semester of school, working, or going about other things in life, it’s easy to lose track of time, even this time of year. Today the Domain Blog has some tips for managing your time, no matter your schedule.

Write Out Your Tasks and Schedule
The first step to controlling your schedule and not getting overwhelmed by your tasks is to know what’s on your plate! Find a system for organizing your day, week, and month. A calendar on your phone or computer, a desktop calendar, or a planner will be valuable with this. You can set an alarm on your mobile device or computer for assignments that will be due or events you need to attend, and you can even set it up so that your mobile device reminds you about it in advance.

Decide On Your Priorities
All of us have said, “I don’t have time for that” probably more times than we can count. But Laura Vanderkam points out in her TED Talk, How to gain control of your free time, that making time in your schedule is a choice everyone can take control of, and determining your free time really is about determining what you’re willing to invest your time in.

If you’re lost and you don’t know how to figure this out, first start with the basics of what consumes your schedule: sleep, work, food breaks, and school, for example. Then pencil in time for doing other things, like working on personal goals, spending time with others, and doing purely fun things like watching your favorite TV show.

Writing out what you need and want to do can help you move on to other things in your schedule so you don’t feel like you’re falling behind too much.

Focus On One Different Thing A Day
Be mindful of the way you schedule out your time and how it affects you personally. Give yourself time to focus on one thing and on doing it well by devoting your free time to one skill or hobby for different days of the week. For example, if you want to work on getting a better grasp of your finances, you can tell yourself to focus on that on, say, every Saturday. Then you can spend your Sundays reading a book, Thursdays developing a talent, Mondays going grocery shopping, and Fridays going on dates.

Trying this is one way to look forward to the next day and to accomplish your goals without getting overwhelmed.

What are your best time management tips? Let our apartment community know in the comments. Good luck! We hope you have a fun, productive, enjoyable September!