How I Manage My Schedules

Page Two: Being A University Student & Photographing Full Time

Let’s not even start with how easy it is. It’s not. It’s close to unmanageable at times, however, there are ways to alleviate the pressure and to make things work in your favor.

Being a full time student and managing a business can be very tasking. Over the years, I’ve fiddled with various methods to manage the loads, which at times could be very unbalanced.

Here is some advice:

  1. Do not accept more than you can handle.
    This is a huge mistake that persons tend to make. They want to accept all tasks / join various clubs and committees, and at the end of the day, some can’t keep up. They either fail, mess up, or even break down because of all the work and stress.

  2. Write things down.
    Things to do, things to practice, things to learn, things to get; all things. Write it down and keep these lists with you; whether it be on your phone, or paper.

  3. Identify your priorities and work on them first, in order of importance and time deadlines.
    This way, you can deal with what’s most pressing first, and work your way down your list. Sometimes, I work on two tasks simultaneously, and it helps, sometimes.

  4. Deadline breathing space!
    Always allow room for delay when you give / set deadlines for projects.
    E.g., I add on a few extra days for photo delivery when I speak with clients, this way, it’s very unlikely that I’ll be “late”.
    E.g., If the deadline is on the 5th, try to finish the project by at least the 3rd, giving me time to review thoroughly and time to make adjustments.

Photo by: Santographi

Photo by: Santographi

5. Don’t forget to schedule time for family & friends!
This is very important, as time with them could relieve stress and just helps you maintain a healthy balance of school / work and personal life.

These are just some of the main things that I do to stay on track. Can you relate?
Feel free to share some of your tips in the comments.