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8/1/11 9:38 P

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In preparation for starting graduate school, last week I started moving my workouts to the AM instead of the PM. I know my classes will have me going straight from work (8am-4pmish, depending on what time my classes start that evening) through until about 9pm at night, three nights a week. To avoid losing my workout times, I have started making the change early and so far really love it. I feel like I have more time in my day - and no, I have not been going to bed earlier. I'm sure I will once the kids go back to school but right now I'm working on an hour less sleep... and it works! The kids are still in bed so I don't have to worry about them when I get up, and I just go to work and come home at my normal time and it doesn't interfere with their evening schedule at all.

I suggest looking to make similar changes whenever you can. I have always found that moving something such as a workout to the morning helps elongate your day and give you more time and energy (which then gives you even more time) throughout the day.


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7/13/11 11:47 A

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I would recommend setting out a weekly plan with goals too. I have a todo list for my day, and try to follow the pomodoro technique which is a way of planning out your time and staying focused for 25 minute intervals with short breaks. Google the pomodoro technique, there is a great book out there that is free in the pdf form, I like Pomodoro Technique Illustrated.

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4/13/11 9:13 P

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my biggest issue was time management for sure, and i still struggle--usually my issue is trying to cram too many things into one day, usually because I underestimate how much time it'll really take to get stuff done.

One thing I did that helped immensely was getting a weekly planner to jot down important appointments and other information that takes place on a certain day or week. then, I got a daily planner, so I could use that "must do's" list and transfer that info to the daily planner. then i was able to find where I had gaps where I could play with my time a bit and exercise, or study, or meditate, or take a video game break when things were really reaching that hard point.

its worked out pretty well--i still underestimate my time, but when i get enough sleep and can exercise and meditate, i end off not TOO far from my original estimate

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4/9/11 12:11 A

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It seems like every quarter the professors add more to the load. I am doing "Insanity" it's a very physically challenging workout but I am finding I have less and less time to do the magnitude of assignments I am being given! My partner is disabled and I have a teenage daughter...life is very busy and school on top of it all is getting overwhelming. Does anyone have suggestions on how they prioritize/organize??? It's getting harder and harder....

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