I'll start this by saying that I'm not the right person to give advice about time management. So this post isn't about that, it's about encouraging those who are nearing a breaking point, to shift their perspective.
No matter who you are, or what you do professionally, it always seems that spring, specifically around this time, is when people are extremely busy and ready, to give up. I think I started truly understanding the concept of perception, once I started receiving rejection. Depending on how you perceive rejection, can dictate the course you take from there on out.
Perception is the ability to say and understand that no matter what I'm going through right now, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's the ability to train your mind towards always thinking about the positive outcome, in oppose to focusing on the potentially negative position or situation you are currently in. Is the glass half empty, or half full?
With working full-time, being a full-time graduate student, and building a brand, my current mantra is that, what I'm doing right now is a
"Temporary setback, for a permanent set-up"
Meaning, that because I am doing what I'm doing right now, I will NEVER have to live this very struggle again. No, I am not able to go on every outing, nor do I have lot of free time, but that's ok because I'm working on me, for me.
However, alongside perception is realism, and the ability to put on your plate only what is necessary. I always tell people that if an opportunity is not a step in the direction of my end game, then I'm not doing it, and it's as simple as that. So keep in mind what your goals are and take note of the things that you're juggling, and if they are absolutely necessary towards your goal or purpose.
Also worth a mention, support system. Positive energy is so incredibly important when you're juggling a lot. I remember Taraji P. Henson mentioning in an interview that negative energy is like a dark cloud, and that one day it's going to rain on you. There are people who like to suck up your time and your energy. When you're in full swing, this just isn't conducive to you or your end game. Remind people of whats on your plate, and that you won't have the usual amount of time for them, and if they don't understand, then unfortunately you might have to move around. Additionally though, lean on your support system to comfort you during this time. Vent to them, bounce ideas off of them, ask them for help and let them heal you.
Finally, take care of yourself this is a concept so simple, yet so forgotten in the mist of everything else. This is something that I'm currently struggling with as well. However, I continue to tell myself that you can't work, if you don't work.
So hopefully you were able to take something from this post. Just remember, you're not alone, focus on changing your perspective when times get rough, lean on your support system and take care of yourself! I'm sure you will thank yourself years from now for the work you're putting in today.