Managing a Busy Schedule (from the Perspective of a College Athlete)

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Entering college, your schedule will be hectic; class, studying, hanging out with friends, greek life, eating, sleeping. That alone can be overwhelming, but when you add in an outrageous practice and game schedule, it can be easy to get in over your head.

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As an ex college cheerleader for a program holding multiple national championship titles, I know all about a busy schedule. Good news for you (after being a college athlete for so many years) I also know all about how to manage such a busy schedule!

1) Take full advantage of any free time that you get- Even if it’s five minutes. Cherish it. Do something productive, or if you’ve had enough productivity, take the time to do something you normally are too busy for, but enjoy.

2) Naps- Don’t you wish you could take back all of the childhood naps you used to refuse? I do. Naps are essential if you are too busy to get a great night’s sleep. Plus if you’re feeling stressed, a nap is a great way to just clear your mind and hit the refresh button on your day. And if you don’t think you have time for naps, it’s all about prioritizing. I love spending time with my friends, but when learning to manage my schedule, I quickly figured out that it was better to go back to my room during my lunch break instead of socializing.

3) Don’t let being tired take you away from a great opportunity- I would have missed out on so many great times if I gave into exhaustion and went home  after practice, instead of going out with friends.

4) Invest in a planner- I cannot stress enough how important a planner is! Being so busy, it’s easy to forget things. I have my planner with me at all times, so if a professor last minute changes the date of a test, you have your planner out and ready to write it down. Even if you have a set practice schedule, write it in for every week, that way you can clearly see when you’re busy and when you’re not. If you’re in the market for a planner you can check out this post on my favorite recommendations!

 5) Do the little things- With so much going on, you may start to question your sanity. There will be those days when you just got out of a mentally and physically exhausting four hour practice and you know that you still have to pull an all nighter to study for the three midterms you have the next day. Pretty overwhelming right? To keep yourself from getting overly stressed, stop to do something for yourself first. Whenever I was in those situations, I would make sure to stop and get my favorite coffee, or I would allow myself one episode of my favorite show on Netflix before diving in to homework and studying. Putting yourself in a better mood before hand will make it so much easier to be more productive.

College can be tough, especially if you are an athlete, but the memories you make along the way make it all worth it. The best part about managing your schedule if you’re an athlete is that you spend so much time at practice, your teammates become your best friends. After a while, going to practice basically becomes multi tasking because you’re getting a workout and spending time with your best friends at the same time.

Planners to Keep Your School Year Organized

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I am that person who is obsessed with planners. I swear I don’t know how I would live my everyday life without mine, especially when it comes to organizing homework assignments and test dates. My professor hands me the syllabus, it goes immediately into my planner, and I instantly feel prepared for the upcoming semester. If you are looking for a great way to organize your schedule, check out my favorite planner picks!

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1) Ban.do adjendas– If you are looking for a spacious planner with fun weekend activity suggestions, cute compliments, lists of national holidays (the important ones, like national donut day), and even stickers, then this is the planner for you. I personally have not one (pictured above stating ‘I am very busy’), but two Ban.do agendas and absolutely love them! I found the “I am very busy” agenda to be a bit small, because a) I am incapable of writing at a normal size and b) I write my entire life into my planner and that requires a lot of room, so I purchased their large floral agenda as well. 

2) Kate Spade Agendas– Also pictured above is my Kate Spade large gold dot agenda! I used this all last year and found it perfect for organizing my classes. Each week had more than enough room to write in assignments, and each month provides you with a Kate Spade approved saying. Although it lacks stickers and written in compliments, it is exceptionally chic and easily organizable.

3) The Happiness Planner– College can be overwhelming, and The Happiness Planner is here to help. It provides room for to do lists and test dates, as well as acting as your own personal life coach. Unlike most planners, it has everything from spaces to write in positive aspects of your day, what goals you would like to achieve, even what you ate, and what you bought in order for you to reflect on what makes you the happiest. This is a great planner to keep your school year organized because it lets you keep track of everything, and has you feeling great all at the same time!

5) May Designs– This is a great planner because not only is it cost effective, but it is also totally customizable! May Designs provides  you with a crazy amount of prints for the cover of your planner, and even lets you add a monogram which you can also completely customize. And don’t worry, the inside is just as great as the outside! They are also the perfect size to fit into your backpack (only 5×8!) so you don’t feel like it’s just one extra thing to lug around with your books. Believe me, my aching back knows the struggle.

I hope this post has been helpful if you are looking to keep your school year organized! I know for a fact that I would have failed out of school without mine. Another great tip is to make sure you’re not just writing in your assignments and then never checking back to see what you wrote for that day! I also make sure that my planner is something I enjoy writing in by doing plenty of decorating! Definitely find a way to make your planner your own and have fun coming up with your own personal ways to organize and decorate.

Have any great tips on some of your favorite planners, or ways that you organize or decorate yours? Feel free to comment and let us know!