Let’s talk about time management.
No matter if you’re in 9th grade or in the 9-5 working world, time management can help or hinder in nearly all facets of life.
“Why don’t these people hurry up and order their coffee?! Don’t they know I have an exam in an hour and need to cram?!”
“I should probably go to the gym, but I stayed up late writing a paper again and now I just feel like I need a nap and some lunch before I start on the next task.”
“Yes boss, I realize that I am late for work again…but I have a really good excuse this time!”
Have you ever said any of these phrases? If so, you may suffer from poor time management. This means that your time is managing you rather than the other way around.
See how Shawn gets caught in a web of time management blunders in this video created by a collection of talented New Media students and staff at Navajo Technical University.
Although you are unlikely to be brought in front of a trial for poor time management, failing to manage your time effectively can lead to stress which is detrimental to your health and the well-being of those around you. By using effective time management to balance work, school, and family life, you will be better equipped for the road ahead as a student and beyond.
Here are a few tips to practice effective time management:
Organization is KEY
- Make a schedule each week and stick to it as much as possible (including times for homework, applying for scholarships, etc.).
- Keep a planner or a notebook that contains all of your assignment deadlines, class and work schedule, and other items you need to remember.
Make Realistic Goals
- Organize your priorities and know your limits.
- Set goals that work for you and your family’s schedules and timelines.
Make Time to Manage Stress
- Take breaks, ensure there is time (even if it isn’t much time) to pursue your hobbies and do what relaxes you whether it is writing, cooking, or walking the dog.
- Stay active! Studies show that physical activity can help lower stress and increase productivity, even if it’s only 20 minutes a day.
Maximize your Time
Consider what time of the day is YOUR best time for focusing (are you a morning person, a night owl, a 2 p.m. powerhouse?) and schedule your classes and homework times to utilize your best times.
Enhance your study time by using these effective tips:
- Find a quiet place without distractions.
- Study/complete assignments for the subjects you like the least first (so as to avoid procrastination).
- While reading, highlight passages and take notes of important parts so you can quickly refer to them later.
Remember the Reason Why
- It’s not always easy, but it is worth it.
- Remember why you are pursuing your academic goals to give back to your community and further develop yourself and your passions; be proud of your accomplishments and know that you can do it!