When asked about time management a lot of people think it means to plan their day down to the last minute. This ends up stressing them out because you can’t plan out your day like that and then they end up not doing anything. This leads to even more stress and you end up rushing to finish everything. Does time management really mean this though?
Hear are a few definitions of time management:
- “Time management is the ability to plan and control how someone spends the hours in a day to effectively accomplish their goals.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/time-management
- “Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.” https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm
- “The ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work.” Dictionary
Not one of these definitions say that we need to have to have our lives completely planned out. That is impossible to do because events or ideas change how our days go. What is important about time management is not procrastinating until the last minute. Then if something does occur that changes your schedule you won’t be as stressed.
Another issue people face when it comes to time management is that, some days, there are a lot of things that need to get done around the same time. I faced this problem the first week of the semester. Not only did I have classes to attend and do homework for, but I also had two booths at Org. Outbreak to run as well as prepare for the first meetings of said organizations. It caused me to feel sick from the stress.
One way to avoid this is knowing when you need to say “no”. I should have told one of the organizations I am a part of that I couldn’t run the booth instead of taking both on. I also should have asked for help when I knew it was going to be to much for me to handle. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help from others.
Just remember to take care of yourself and by utilizing time management it makes it easier to do so. It is also a good idea to make a weekly plan instead of waiting till the day of to form a schedule. This will allow you to move things around if needed and will prevent you from taking too much on.