I've always tried to keep things quite organised for myself, doing an Open University degree while working full time certainly takes a lot of time management.
Now I'm working part-time, doing another Open University course, I'm a mum full-time and I'm trying to work on my writing.
All of this means that I need to be organised really or I'll be in danger of getting into a proper little muddle.
I started out by setting specific tasks for every day. I could then check everything off the list as I went along. This works brilliantly for boosting your confidence when you manage to keep up, but if you start missing these self-imposed deadlines then it can have dire consequences. Once you've missed one, chances are you'll miss another and before you know it you're playing three weeks of catch up. It also means competition deadlines are missed, leaving more unfinished stories and a very negative feeling over everything you do.
These days I'm taking a much more relaxed approach. Instead I make one to do list for the whole of the week. I don't assign tasks to specific days, I just know I have the whole week to do what's on the list. I can then fit things in as and when I can and I don't need to feel guilty that I've missed a daily deadline.
This way I find I'm a lot more chilled out, I can do the tasks that I fancy at the time rather than doing things because I'm 'supposed' to that day. This flexibility in preference also means I do a better job of everything as the enjoyment is still there.
I must say, I much prefer the new and improved lifestyle. This week I have managed to complete an OU assignment, keep up with my A-Zing and I've completed the first draft of a short story for a competition. Some editing to that one over the weekend and it'll be ready to go. I've even started an outline for the next story.