I have struggled a lot in the past with managing my time effectively. It’s not that I’m lazy, but frankly, I’m extremely forgetful and time can get away from me. There’s only 24 hours in the day and between school, homework, work, and socializing, something always suffers. I know I’m not the only one who struggles to maintain a healthy balance, so I thought I’d include some of the tips I’ve found helpful in managing my time.
The first tip I can give anyone is start tracking your time. Physically write down what you do hour to hour over a few days and suddenly you start to notice how much time you probably are wasting. For me, the biggest waster I saw was social media. I realized I was spending over two hours total a day on tumblr/facebook. It was a huge wake up call.
Secondly, I would recommend keeping an appointment book or a schedule. I find physically writing down what I need to be doing focuses me and furthermore leaves a reference for later if I forget.
Thirdly, and most important…Do not multitask. I know that we all think we can juggle three or four simple tasks at once but it’s frankly not feasible. If you want to finish several tasks quickly, the smartest way to do it is one task at a time. Multiple studies have been done demonstrating that the human brain is incapable of focusing on more than a single task at a time. What you’re actually doing when you multitask is switching your brain focus rapidly between those goals and this slows the entire process down significantly.
Whatever you do, just don’t allow yourself to waste time, it’s the most valuable commodity that you have!
I hope some of this will be helpful to you.
–Jordan Winston, student blogger