How I Consistently Study with a Full Time Job: My Scheduling Formula
That was me in 2019, but what's much more interesting is that this is my calendar in 2019 when I worked five part-
time jobs and was
studying two and a half degrees at once, and actually it was a pretty happy
time before I even knew the productivity videosphere even existed , so all the tips and techniques I used to manage my
time just came from myself and a lot of trial and error and now a few years later I feel much more read on this subject and very interesting I found, that many of the tips and
formulas I had developed for managing my own schedule were very similar to what the literature had found and the experts had found, so I thought it would be quite interesting to go through exactly how today I plan and schedule my calendar from scratch for a very, very busy week and show you all the rules, the schedules, the
formulas and the syst eme that I create to fulfill the ideal week for me in a way. b Other evidence based tips and tips are based only on my experience but hope
fully they will be helpful to you before we get started.
Side note The ideal calendar, in my opinion, is not to have a calendar at all, but if you're forced to have one for life-long circumstances like me, hope
fully some of the tips in this video might help, but I'm adamant that it's better the less structure there is, the less structure there is, but the first thing I'll do when creating an effective calendar is be aware of my three-part breakdown for the day. This is based on the fact that two things are guaranteed to happen during the course of the day. First, that my energy level will drop throughout the day, and second, that the power of temptation will increase throughout the day, and what I mean by the power of temptation is what Dan Arley has described as the ability to continually saying no to things decreases throughout the day as we do it I think of it like I have this huge pot with the ability to resist temptation and every morning I start with a fresh pot and that means that maybe I'll go make breakfast, although I'll make something healthy.
I might want a donut, but I'll say no, I won't. I'm going to have a good, healthy day, but as I do this
consistently throughout the day, the ability to resist things I actually want to do becomes greater and less and less and this pot gets smaller and smaller and smaller and what Happens at the end of the night, you might realize this for example if you have restricted eating throughout the day you will have a midnight snack by completely raiding the fridge so I keep in mind that I have less energy throughout the day and things get more and more tempting as the day progresses so it will be a lot harder for me to resist things as the day progresses if I keep these two things in mind every single day of my week will from a macro perspective divided into three main parts so that the first part of each day is dedicated to activities that involve a lot of energy and temptation.
These are the tasks that require a lot of brain power or physical strength and I too can very easily be tempted to do something else so tempted to let go of things that I might not enjoy as much as an exam
studying this might doing a task for work that isn't very fun this could be a huge project I've only put off for so long because it's not the ideal way I want to spend my
time so go all the things that I don't particularly like doing this first part of my day because that's the part where I'm the hardest and the part where I have the most energy.
The second part of the day is reserved for activities that have a lot of energy because at this point I'm still buzzing and also for activities that require a little less resistance for going to the gym for example because I really like doing that can hang out with friends because I really enjoy doing that, or have fun activities, or fun projects, or the fun parts of learning that I want to get involved in, so those go into the second part of In my day and the last part of my day I have the lowest energy and highest ability to be tempted by other tasks so procrastination is very easy so keeping that in mind I'm not going to leave like this huge work project that I really won't be last in want to do at night because it's almost guaranteed that I'll just go to bed thinking I'm going to do it tomorrow, so there's no point, something Wichti tot or unfun to plan for this part of the day this is for my personal creative tasks this is for things i would actually like to spend my
time on that don't take a lot of energy these go into the last half of my day so this way i keep it I have that role in mind and I kind of have an invisible tripartition of my calendar every
time I book tasks, so if I have something to do during the week or I have to work for something, the first thing I ask myself is how likely is it that i don't want anything to do this task and how much energy will this require so it will either flow into some part of my day depending on these new factors. the second rule is the mission impossible rule and that was a new one for me , because I'm definitely the kind of person that when I put something on my to-do list that I want to do and physically need, I don't going to sleep until I've checked everything off, and that used to be my behavior, but I've found that not only is this a bit problematic, I'm sure you can see why, but it's also not ideal for the Tasks I'm doing this very interesting 1927
study on that was done by segments within Narc Siegnarck basically said that our brain tends to stay engaged on a task until that task is completed and that means, When you start something but you haven't finished it, there will be a part of your brain that's constantly focused on that task, and you can use that to your advantage when there's a big project, like an essay, I want to write or if you want to write a book or if you want to do something really big that takes a lot of
time, it's really good to put a
time in your calendar to remind yourself that this project exists, so for example, although I don't write my newsletter strictly every week I have a reminder on my calendar for it every week because that's what happens throughout the week when I'm on my look at the calendar and see the reminder: oh I have to write a newsletter, it will open up this task in my brain and although I don't consciously think about it all day while I'm at work or in the shower, it may be me just comes to mind again and I'm like oh what should I do for my newsletter and likewise if there's something big that for example mple I want to start a course I want to do something big that I don't have a strict deadline for , but it's a huge task.
I'll just put these random deadlines on my calendar just to remind myself that the task exists and to open this up. I find it very helpful to put up with not having tasks done and use a calendar more as inspiration and guide to what I want to spend my life doing I'm afraid I won't complete them because actually putting them on my calendar will really bother me knowing that this is an impossible mission that I really don't going to do, much more helpful because I end up doing these things a lot more when I put them on my calendar anyway, the Mission Impossible is also something I think about when I'm doing a task anyway.
study by Phishnark, it was found that if you constantly do things you don't enjoy or force yourself to do work when you find it uncomfortable, it can lead to delays or failure in those tasks in the long run, so I often think so remember when something is too painful or not fun or not fun. I just stopped I used to be very good and very proud of myself for overriding my stop stop stop in my head. Now I'm like no if I'm not enjoying this we're done we're taking a break we're moving on I don't care I've blocked it on my calendar if it's not good enough then I will Finding
time to do it at a productive
time later in the day or week, but without overriding your brain's signals that I need to do this because I thought I had to, which I find to be a lot healthier in the long run.
The next rule is the PR rule, and I call it that because both Parkinson's and Roosevelt come to the same conclusion, basically just saying that the work expands to fill the
time you so allocate to it It's a fairly well-known rule, but I use it in a slightly different way, so basically when I say I'll write my essay in three weeks or I'll write my essay in five months I'll write my essay in three meetings, the quality of the work will often not be that good, too different in these three different forms. So if you some
times set yourself a very, very strict and ridiculous deadline, you will end up doing a lot more than you expected. create something like a sales page, I'll give myself two hours on my calendar and put myself in the that now i just have to do this in this
time and then i get so much more done instead of booking a 10 hour shift for a day and saying oh i'll just take it slow and have lunch and then do it again what i mean is fine but i get a lot less myself in 10 hours than i drive with a very intentional two hour stint and then just have fun for the rest of the
time so that works out pretty well most of the
Another thing What I do around the PR rule is that I don't put any work on my calendar, I just put the finished product on my calendar, so I mean for example if I have to shoot this video there is one Lot of steps included in it so I need to research. I have to think of a title. I need to think of a thumbnail In order to actually sit down and film it, it needs to be exported. It needs to be edited. Add the extra layers of editing that takes so long and export it and then get it done and then add the descriptions and all that stuff, if I had to book all these different events on my calendar it's almost guaranteed, that I just won't do some of them.
So if I just have this space on my calendar to edit this video, at that
time I could come up and say oh I can do that later, it doesn't matter, so I don't put any of that on my calendar, that Only thing I do Let's say the video is scheduled for release on Tuesday. On Tuesday, I'm going to schedule a day's event called "Publishing the video." This gives me
full freedom but also a lot of enforced deadlines to get this done by then so I tell myself I don't care when you do this, I don't care when you find the
time do it just whenever you want to do it either fast or slow i just know it has to be done by that
time and that puts a lot more positive pressure on me to do it and gives me a lot more freedom than that allocating all these slots on the calendar would only fill and clog the whole thing, and also because there are such small insignificant tasks that I can do very easily.
Oh I can do this edit when exporting or I can do this thing later if I do this thing later and end up doing nothing thinking is a great way to get more things done in the next role is the morning story rule and I really like that because it's by Jackson Mihai. I'm so sorry I tried this so many
times before him, but basically what he was saying that people are very creative and very effective in their lives has always started their day with something they were looking forward to, even with something tiny. This can be buying your favorite coffee every morning, making yourself your favorite breakfast, calling a loved one, or just being outside in the sun for five minutes drinking your morning tea, so it can all be very, very small, but a little too having that doesn't necessarily have to go on your calendar but can get into your head what you want to do the next morning will make your day a lot more enjoyable and he says if you get used to it your day will eventually come with things be filled that you just look forward to, so I take that role very seriously.
I plan every morning