I know I said I would stop with the back to school post after I started classes but I got a lot of request to continue doing them!
TIME MANAGEMENT: We all think we have it under control but in reality time is controlling us.
Being a full time college student, part time worker and part time intern and be tough at time. Where do I find the time to just enjoy my day or myself? Time management that’s how! (Corny I know but it’s the truth)
With the heavy loads most students have these days if you don’t learn how to manage your time you will be swamped. Here are some items I came up with to manage time.
1.Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.
2.Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
3.Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
4.Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying “planned interruptions?”
5.Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
6.Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial.
Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
7. When taking breaks try not to make them longer then 15 mins any longer and you’ll lose your motivation to get back to work.
8. Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
Hopefully these tips help! Let me know what you would like me to discuss next by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time……