Learning how to manage time is a challenge for many and easy for some. Time Management is planning every hour, minute and second of what, how, when and where you will divide 24 hours. You prioritize your time to accomplish your tasks. Things most important to you should have the highest ranking on your schedule.
According to Wikipedia.com, time management is the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity. Efficiency and productivity is using your time wisely. Don’t let time slip away without productivity and accomplishment. Some people manage their time with “to do lists” and with daily, weekly and monthly calendars called planners. Others use sticky notes, journals; pop up reminders on computer calendars, etc. Whatever method you choose, make sure it is effective and productive for you.
I use a combination of to do lists and planners. I write everything down. I do this habitually so I won’t forget anything. I also use daily and monthly planners. I started using the Franklin Covey Planner system when I took the class “What Matters Most” in 2001.
I have a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when I get things done. Daily and monthly planning keep me on track with my goals. I only focus on my daily schedule while leaving room for emergencies. Sometimes tragedies can delay your goals. In these instances don’t blame yourself, stay on track and pray for wisdom on how to proceed.
Every November I plan for the next year. I include new goals and old goals. I also celebrate completed goals and tasks in the previous year.
The old adage “Time Waits for No Man” is true and should be taken seriously. Time goes on no matter what. You cannot roll back time. Once time has moved on, it has moved on. This may sound depressing for some but there is hope on redeeming time. According to The Bible, Ephesians 5: 15, 16, we are to be careful how we walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of our time because the days are evil. (American Standard Version)
In the Random House College Dictionary, redeem means to buy back, recover, or to make up for. When time is lost find a way to redeem the time to complete the task.
Some people recover time by doubling up on tasks, delegating tasks and using technology. Other people resort to a method commonly used by some college students, which is pulling all nighters without any sleep. In Garfield Gates’ article “Effective Study Habits for College Students” in HubPages.com, he gives 7 tips on how college students can study effectively and plan ahead. He also covers some time management tips for students.
In Randy Morrison’s CD series “Time: The Currency of a Prosperous Life,” he says “God created us to have dreams and goals and it will take time to make them become a reality.” He also says “the major difference between the prosperous and the poor is their value of time.”
Managing your time is important. The way you manage time will determine how much you achieve in a given day, week, month or year. A time management system is essential in moving forward with your goals and dreams.