Tips for Time Management
By Alicia Ardelli
It can be extremely difficult to keep our hectic lives on track in this day and age with all the distractions lurking around the corner. The number one solution to keep a steady rhythm is to manage your time efficiently.
Time management can be a little tricky, but the key is to find a method that is suitable for you, since not everyone balances social life, academic life and work life the same way.
There are various methods to choose from and using more than one can be extremely beneficial to help keep your head on your shoulders. An important method of time management that is thrust upon you from a young age at school is to use an agenda.
Although it may seem a bit tedious at times to write down every single thing you have to accomplish in a certain time period, it is well worth the extra few minutes a day. Nowadays, it isn’t even necessary to use a physical agenda. There are several agenda-type apps available for smart phones, most of which are free of charge. I suggest trying a few to find the one that best suits your needs.
Similarly, making to-do lists to accomplish minor tasks can be extremely helpful as well. Separate them by importance or difficulty; whichever you think will be better for you. It’ll keep your objectives in order and all it takes is a simple checkmark to give yourself a pat on the back for getting things done.
A lesser-known trick for managing time is to create activity logs for your daily actions. By doing this, you’ll be able to see where you waste most of your time instead of contributing it to doing something worthwhile. You might think all your time is spent doing something valuable, but I can assure you there is always something you can chop down time-wise. Some methods aren’t materialistic at all. Multitasking will get multiple things done at once, but is proven to decrease efficiency in the individual tasks at hand.
Lastly, it might actually be that you are doing an excessive amount of important tasks throughout your daily life. In which case, evaluate each and every duty you tend to and verify if you can cut something out. While it is important to excel in various aspects of your life, it’s also important to keep a healthy mind.
Avoid work overload and unnecessary stress and you’ll be able to focus much better on what is important to you. If you’re completely lost and need more help with time management, there is no shortage of workshops for the skill. Check in with your school or school board every so often as they might be hosting one for struggling teens.
The most important thing of all, however, is something you must put in yourself: effort. If you don’t put in the effort, none of the planning will follow through and you’ll seem unfocused, disorganized, and even unreliable to those around you.