5 Steps to Maximize Your Time At Tradecraft

Objective: Guide Tradercrafters to create a plan that maximizes their remaining time at TC!

Have you ever had to throw away an unused Groupon because you didn’t use it before it’s expiration date? In today’s post, I want to talk about how mis-managing your time is like throwing away a perfectly good opportunity, like a Groupon, for no good reason. Whether you are one-third done or two-thirds done with TC, you can make sure you don’t end up salty on graduation day for not managing your time right. Here’s how you can do it in five easy steps:

1. Set It (& Don’t Forget It)

Tradecrafters, do you remember setting SMART goals Week 2? Do you remember your goals? If not, now would be a good time to set, or reset some! Go ahead, grab a paper to brainstorm.

2. Prioritize

Okay, time to prioritize. Designers, it’s time to switch your brain to converge, not diverge! Sure, you want to do everything possible while at TC, but realistically you have 12 weeks and every choice about how you spend your time matters. Are there things you can only get done while at TC? Can certain things wait until after you graduate? Think about it, once you leave TC will you still be able to learn to code? Will you still be able to get on projects? Rank your choices and narrow it down to the top 1–3 reasons why are you here. The first step to goal setting is knowing where you want to go.

3. Get a Reality Check

It’s so easy to underestimate how much time there actually is to work on your goals, so grab a calendar and block out all the non-negotiable dates you cannot dedicate to achieving your goals. This gives you a better idea of what you can and cannot get done. Can you achieve what you want in the time you have? If not, change your plan or change your goal. Once you are confident your goals fit into your time frame, actually schedule in work time for each goal.

4. Create Check-in Points

To make sure you stay on track, set hard deadlines and put them in your calendar. For example, “15 Daily UI challenges complete-by 7/28.” Sure, plans may change along the way, but the odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. You can adjust as needed. Tip: Give each day of the week a theme. #MotivationalMondays #WireframingWednesdays

5. Work Out a Weekly Plan

Identify the things you do every week and create “Weekly Sheet” with all the recurring activities already filled in. You can photocopy or print it so at the start of each week, you won’t have to think what you need to do. #Timesaver #Brainsaver

So what are you waiting for? Need more motivation to get going? Here’s an inspirational quote to ponder upon:

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Now get moving and tackle a few of things off your list. Your future self will surely thank you.

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