Time Managing for Adults

So I have previously stated I graduated but am now back in school. I’m in full-time nursing and working part-time. Not to mention I’m commuting about 30-45 min one way to school. So how do we manage as adults? As an adult we don’t have the option to void all responsibilities and just focus on one task – we must multi-task, that is the key.

I have mentioned many times, I love my agenda/planner. Actually obsessed is probably a better term. I have my agenda on my phone (mycalendar app), a timetable app, my iPhone calendar on my phone and computer and then my written hard book agenda. It may seem excessive but they all have a key purpose.

  1. App – This syncs up with my iPhone and computer calendar. This is where I quickly jot down my work shifts, and any appointments. It is super simple and quick when rushing, and really easy to reference. It allows you to look at a day, week, or month view. I keep it at the weekly view so I can see what’s coming up.
  2. Timetable app – Very simple. It just has me put in what classes are on what day and you can add as little or as much detail as you want. I have time, location, and professor.
  3. iPhone/Computer calendar – This is what I can pull up, and usually keep at a monthly view as a complete overview. It also reminds me of holidays and pretty much to keep in mind the big picture of managing my time.
  4. Hardcopy agenda – This is where I plan. I write down what day I have to do what assignments, test, readings, or homework. It allows me to not stress about things that do not need to be done yet. I just look at the day it is and cross off as I complete the objective.

I do also use virtual sticky notes on my laptop. I have a weekly overview broken down by class of what I need to accomplish. And a master list of my entire semester of when major assignments or tests are. This allows me to keep in mind what’s coming up and it’s easier to write down in my agenda what I need to study and when.

So far this has been my most successful attempts with school, and the least stressed I’ve been. So this routine and way of managing has proven really helpful and efficient for me.

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How I Organize Life

Life get’s busy – especially around the holidays. I’m also going back to school in January for nursing! But this adds to the stress. So here are some tips on how I organize my life.

I’m huge into agendas, phone apps and a calendar I can see from my bed so I can always write something down and let it go out of my mind. It’s good to be in the know, but it’s better to be less stressed.

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Above is my wall calendar. It is my monthly overview. So I write work shifts and appointments in but that is about it – its my month at a glance.

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I then have my phone apps. This includes the calendar pre-loaded on and a calendar app that helps me with my weekly glances. (See below).

I also then write out in a big agenda so that when I’m working on the computer or need to remember something I can just write it down and then transfer it to either my phone or wall calendar. The other bonus is the apps will send you notifications when something is coming up and I have a 15 minute warning before appointments or work shifts.

Overall, this is my main attack of keeping my head above water and I hope it helps you out too.

Balancing Life and Work.

It can be hard to balance everything, whether it be kids, family, friends, work, and overall life. So how can balance?

I easily get overwhelmed with a big t0-do list. So I make my big one, and write done my small to-do’s in my agenda calendar phone app – it’s literally called Calendars.  I also try and make time to meditate. I talk about this a lot, there is an app called Insight Timer.

Also post it notes are your friend. I use physical ones when it is urgent on the door on the way out so I cannot miss it. I also use virtual ones. I have an app on my computer called Stickies and it just leaves a small post it on your main screen. I write little reminders and chores.

Scheduling is huge, when the small stuff is written down the more important things like friends and family can take over. If needed schedule family time, that one show on Tuesday nights at 6pm or that Sunday brunch at 11am.

Me time. I schedule a time to get my nails done, or do my hair. Making sure you have me time is crucial and allows for a true balance and clear mindset. It could even be making time to go to a yoga class or the gym. Or watch your favourite show.

With practice, balance is more than achievable.

What’s on My iPhone 6?

Here is to the nosey like me. Just like my obsession with the what’s in my purse blogs and videos, here is a what’s on my phone!

The first folder “money”, this is my phone bill, bank and benefits. Second is “work”, this is with an app (epost) where I get my pay stubs, a work chat group, and some apps I need at work. Then we have calender and beside that we have agenda. This is google calender and another calender app. I have to write everything down and I find these the most helpful.

Then we have the basic settings, clock, app store, and my favourite – the weather network channel. After that we have shazam (song finder), camera, youtube, and my fitbit app. Next we have my social media apps and beside that are my go-to’s (calculator, and two map apps – waze is amazing). Beside that there is two meditation apps. Then there is a small games folder that just has tetris, best fiends and heads up.

Then comes to the first health folder, and then my blog folder which is word press and pinterest. Furthermore, there is the music folder which is spotify, podcasts, and apple music. Lastly for page one is my timetable app (super helpful).


The second page has reading, which is a bible app and my kobo. Then I have random which is my collect all (uber, khan academy, sephora and varage sale). Then just utilities. And my last health folder which is what I use to track fitness and have some yoga guidelines.

I get all my backgrounds of pinterest.

Any questions let me know!

Eating Apps

There a many varying apps (applications) that are downloadable now, whether it be your iphone, android phone, smartphone, tablet, computer – pretty much any technology that is from the last 5 years. I personally love to track my health, and how I eat. I just find it a good reminder of “hey do you need that third donut?” Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t but I know and remember what I ate.

I also like the calorie tracker but again not as an obsession but as a reminder. There so many ways to find out the calories you need to take in to function, gain weight or loose weight. So all rambling aside here is some of my current favourite “eating” apps.

1) MyPlate by Livestrong

– This is my current one I use. It tracks water intake, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and weight. It also gives a rough estimate on carbs, fats and proteins. I like how it’s laid out and it feels more casual and not as fitness savvy.

2) MyFitnessPal

– Again I like the lay out and that it tracks practically everything, but it is slightly intimidating and gives mass amount of information in detail.

3) Veggie Weekend

– Now I just downloaded this one, but so far I love the ideas. I am currently transitioning Pescitarian (no meat or chicken, but eggs, milk and fish). This gives me great ideas for no meat, but it’s also great regardless of your eating habits. Just plain healthy.