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Time Management

Written by Luke Jacobs, Sophmore, Economics

Today’s Post is about Time Management, which is ironic, seeing as I didn’t manage my time very well today and now I’m writing this at the wee hours of the morning. This isn’t the first time this has happened, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’m also I’m fairly certain we’ve all been in situations similar to this one and you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you forgot you had an assignment, or it took you longer than expected to finish your Calc. homework, or maybe you got the dates wrong and thought it was due 22/9 and not 9/22 (which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense now, but it did at the time!) Or you just didn’t feel like doing it. Whatever the reason, time is still one of the hardest things to manage, right next to Lindsay Lohan’s PR, and a pack of rowdy sloths. However if you count yourself amongst the time-managerial adapt, and are questioning me right now, saying something along the lines of, “Whatever do you mean? I have no such problems managing my time.” Well, then I tip my hat to you good sir, you clearly know something I don’t. Regardless, I think I speak for all of us when I say I wish there were more hours in a day. There’s a lot going on that we have to fit in 24 hours! An average student has to go to class, go to work, and do homework. Twitter, Facebook, Intagram, and Tinder have to be crammed in there somewhere too, so it’s no wonder it’s a small miracle when we go to bed early.

However, time management, like a lot of other things, is just a skill that can be improved. Which brings us to the big question and the main topic for today: How do we improve our Time Management? We all like to make the best use of our time, that’s for sure, but are we managing it the best? Our time likes to be filled with activities that we are passionate about, whether that be the outdoors, Netflix, or my personal favorites, Youtube and books. Either option being a sure-fire way to waste most of your day away. Basically, it comes down to the age-old question: does ye do what ye wants or what ye needs to do? Or more specifically: how do we prioritize our time? We make lists, keep planners up to date, and organize almost everything. Yet, when it comes down to crunch time, we almost always chose the option that will be more fun and good ol’ procrastination comes into the equation. It’s no secret that procrastination is to time management what bowl cuts were to my 6th grade street cred. (it ruins it, just fyi) So how do you beat back procrastination/bad hair cuts and use your time wisely? Well, the easy fix would be to tell yourself that cleaning the dishes really is fun (If that actually works for you, then I’m jealous). In reality, the remainder of us are left with dirty dishes and still poorly managed time.
For most of us, time management comes with the connotation of some kind of unpleasant activity (the management part of time management). That’s why we procrastinate. It gives us enjoyment to be doing something we like, rather than being done with something we don’t. How do we fix that? To be honest, I don’t think we can. But I do think we can use it as an advantage. Set a system of goals and rewards for yourself, form good habits, and most of all, don’t be afraid to start! When managing your time, allow for short breaks in your routine to recharge your batteries (Emphasis on short!). If a morning routine of study, breakfast, and then class works for you, keep on workin’ it! Lastly, don’t be intimidated by the first step! It’s always difficult to begin, but once you start, it’s surprising how easy it is to continue. It doesn’t take too long until you are finished, looking back and wondering, why didn’t I start sooner?
So what are you waiting for?
Go Get ‘Em!