Being a photographer is one of my greatest joys in life. I love everything about my job and constantly feel blessed that I get to do this for a living and work with such amazing people. Along with getting to call my passion my work, I am also a current student at East Carolina University (Go PIRATES!). I go back and forth between Raleigh and Greenville, and the drive to and from has quickly become one of my favorite times. Being a student and photographer at the same time has required me to acquire some skills that keep me on track and organized, along with a few helpful tools. So here are some of my tips and tools for managing my time and giving my all to both Photography and being a student.

  1. Monday mornings. Most people dread Mondays (I used to be one of them) but now it is my time of organization. Every Monday morning I take about 20 minutes to look over everything I have planned or due that week. I plan out what each day will include and what I need to achieve on those days. After I have a base plan of what my week will look like, I respond to any emails that I received over the weekend and make sure I am up to date on all communication.
  2. My Emily Ley Simplified Planner has been my saving grace this year. Whether I am scheduling a test, an engagement session, or even just coffee with friends; it gives me the perfect space to make sure I am never over booking and always allowing myself enough time to accomplish each task. Also, the quotes on each page are fun encouragements to keep me going on busy days.
  3. COFFEE. I look forward to a nice cup of cold brew everyday and without I am at a loss. I am 100% convinced that coffee is both one of my love languages and something that keeps me going throughout the day.
  4. Running. Whether it is a quick run or a nice long jog, running is my time to think and pray. I tend to run without music and just allow that to be time that I can decompress and spend time in His presence. Whatever is a stress reliever, or relaxer; I suggest that you allow yourself time to do that at least 2 or 3 times a week. You will be amazed at the difference it will make!
  5. The Best Yes. I am currently reading this book and it has quickly changed the way I look at decisions and manage my time as well as prioritize. It has taught me the gift of being present and that has been one of my goals for this year.

Everyone has their own methods of getting organized and staying focussed, but what I have learned is that it is so important to allow for flexibility and freedom in your organization. Time spent well does not always mean checking off something from your to-do list.

Being both a photographer and student has given me a new outlook on both parts of my life and I count it as such a blessing to have this privilege! If you are currently a student who is also juggling a job, what ways do you keep your life organized and how do you make time for what matter most?

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