Managing your time wisely isn’t always easy. In fact, it gets harder as you get older. I can work up to four or five hours a night sometimes, which leaves very little room for drawing or writing. This can, at times, negatively affect my mood, as I have no time to draw or write to vent my emotions. It’s difficult to balance several honors classes worth of homework, going to the gym, and doing things I enjoy. I’m sure other people suffer the same problems. There are afternoons when I’ll sit down and start working at three thirty, and work all the way through until nine thirty at night. Even on the weekends, if plans are made, I won’t have time to do the things I love. The lack of breaks can be overwhelming, adding to already building stress from lack of vent time. For those of you struggling with the same issues, here are some things I do to try to save time and manage it better. There are only so many hours in a day!
Work During the Day: School usually goes from eight in the morning to about three in the afternoon, for myself. This means I have about six hours to work at home, starting at three thirty, before I start to get tired and lose focus. This isn’t even counting time taken out for the gym, eating, showering, and the like. So, I try to work during the day. I often finish homework from earlier classes in later ones, or during lunch, if I can. This can prove tricky if things need to be printed or sent around to people, but it can definitely help lighten the load and leave more time for leisure activities at night.
Draw/Write During the Day: It’s certainly not as relaxing or enjoyable to draw or write at work or school, but there are times when it may be your only opportunity to do so on a certain day. Sketching on notes or leaving a tab open on your computer for writing during a class or work period can help improve your mood if you’re feeling upset for any reason. It’s a nice break from reality, and can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Compromise: This is one of the best ways to cope with a lack of time for drawing or writing, at least in my humble opinion. By incorporating your art or writing into work or studies, not only do you have a valid excuse to draw or write, but you have the chance to show your colleagues what you can do. Praise from colleagues/classmates, and especially from bosses/teachers, can make you feel like you’re on top of the world and can cope with any busy schedule the world decides to throw at you.
This is an example of compromise. I had the opportunity to use my art program to draw this portrait of Mayella Ewell for a symbolism assignment while my English class was reading To Kill a Mockingbird.