A Time Management Tune-Up

 “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One 

man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” 

~ Charles Richards 

Time marches on – sometimes much too quickly – and before you know it, weeks have gone by. So, now is a great time to look at bad habits and figure how you can be much smarter about maximizing your time. It all starts with a few questions…

How much time do you spend sorting through “stuff”? 

There’s a saying: “Stuff steals time.” You may find this to be true every time you’re shifting through the pile atop your desk or searching for something in your overloaded backpack. Instead, why not spend 20 minutes each week filing papers and sorting through stuff so you know where it is? Getting in this practice could help stop the “stuff shuffle” for good!

 How stressed are you? 

It’s time to decompress your mind. A stressed, overactive mind is not as time efficient as a calm, collected one is. So, whether you use breathing techniques, exercise or other stress management tools, it’s important to make them a natural part of your everyday life. Not only will your time usage be more efficient, your body will be healthier!

How much time do you spend online? 

Ah, yes, it’s so easy to do. When you’re looking up one thing, you bounce to another and another…until you’ve spent an hour online in what started as a “five minute check.” Ugh. To save time, get in the groove of only checking your email or Facebook page a few times each day, instead of responding to every ding. Turn off your sound if that’ll help. And play “beat the clock” when you get online to research – only giving yourself 30 minutes to get in and get out. That kind of incentive can make you much more aware of how quickly the clock is ticking.

How much time does other technology gobble up? 

Do you text and chat on the phone constantly? Is the TV on for several hours a day? Do you find that video games suck you in? These techy pursuits are fine, in moderation. Just be smart about how you consume them. Maybe you don’t need to call your family every single day. Maybe you can watch some TV shows online for free, thus cutting back on time wasted by commercials. There are options!

Are you over scheduling? 

There comes a time in some students’ schedules where they just can’t fit anything else in. So, learning to say no is important. It’s much better to be realistic than trying to be all things to all people. The latter is bound to disappoint someone and to overwhelm you.

Are you relying on weekends? 

During the busy weekday it’s easy to say, “I’ll get to that over the weekend.” However, weekends often get full, plus it’s important to give yourself some down time, too. So, try not to rely on weekends as your time to get most things done. Instead, dose it out over the weekdays, too, for maximum efficiency.

Time is our most precious resource. And now’s the time to make some small changes so you can maximize your time – and your life!