BY: MORGAN ELLSWORTH.
Time is the only universally limited resource. It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or how much money you make; everyone is limited by the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day. It is possible to earn back lost money, but a wasted hour is irreplaceable.
When you successfully manage your time, you can create a healthy balance of school work, family obligations and leisure activities. Time management just means that you are organizing your day to find the best use for every moment. Even if you have failed at managing your time in the past you can always change. During the 1940s and 1950s, an American prison warden named Clinton Duffy was well known for his efforts to rehabilitate the men in his prison. One critic remarked, “You should know that leopards don’t change their spots!”
Warden Duffy Replied, “You should know I don’t work with leopards. I work with men, and men change every day.” You can start now by prioritizing your to-do list and setting deadlines in order to get the most out of your time.
Managing your time allows you to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you find a short amount of time to get something done, instead of doing a difficult task that requires deep thinking, do a simple task that does not take as long. Then when you do have time to focus on the more difficult task you will have completed all the simpler tasks, allowing you to focus fully on the more difficult task.
Constantly feeling worn out and over scheduled is not fun for anyone. Time management does not mean burning your candle at both ends in order to get everything done in fact it is the exact opposite. When you have created an efficient work flow for yourself you are actually able to find more time in your day to enjoy your accomplishments.
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR TIME
Indecisiveness is a huge time waster. Imagine you have created a list of everything you need to do or work on this week. If you do not prioritize your tasks then nothing ends up getting done because once you complete one you either cannot decide on which one to do next, or once you do decide you start worrying about whether or not you chose the right task to be working on. If this sounds like you then we have a lot in common.
Instead of staring blankly at your to-do list waiting for it to tell you what to do next, make a plan ahead of time. Maybe even block out your time and create a daily routine that has different categories that cover all the types of tasks you have to deal with. That way you can be sure that you are not spending more time on any specific task than you need to.
IMPORTANCE TO YOU
On a given day you may be tasked with writing a paper for your school newspaper, babysitting your little brother, making dinner because your parents are out of town, and giving a presentation in science. When all of your tasks seem equally important it is easy to become overwhelmed.
Good time management allows you to categorize and prioritize everything that is expected of you. When tasks are separated into categories you can readily see the difference between school related and personal tasks. Looking at the whole picture, you will be able to decide the most effective and efficient way of getting everything done allowing more time for self reflection, personal growth, and leisure time.
The result is a calmer more accomplished you.
Ultimately, it is up to you to begin organizing and prioritizing your time right now. However, I would suggest starting today because once an hour is gone you cannot get it back. Failing to manage your time means a lot of time wasted and you can never get it back. Succeeding opens a world of possibilities. Effective time management leaves you energized, which translates into living fully and trying exciting things in the new time you’ve found in your day.