Time Management

by Courtland Hendershot | May 22, 2018

During my time as a college student, I have learned important lessons about time management. At the beginning of my college career, this is what my day usually looked like: my day usually starts around 8 a.m. I get up, take a shower, get dressed, and finish up any homework that I forgot to do the night before (oops, forgot breakfast again!).

Starting at 9 a.m. I go to my morning classes—half asleep—and rush to the dining hall afterwards for lunch. Lunch is a critical point in my day because it is the first time I am fully awake and alert. I then go off to any other classes that I have after lunch, rejuvenated and attentive.

After my classes are finished for the day I have three options:
1.) I take a nap to make up for the lack of sleep that I got the night before.
2.) Get going on homework that I need to do for the week.
3.) Sit on my lumpy futon and watch YouTube videos until I start to feel guilty about my procrastination.

At the beginning of my college experience, I would have definitely more frequently chosen option 1 or 3, but after a semester of forgetting assignments and severe procrastination, I learned to go with option 2 more times than not. Once I get on the right track, I am more likely to make better decisions throughout my day. AND that time I saved by doing my work early in the day can be used hanging with friends in the evening (or watching YouTube videos on that lumpy futon).

The idea of time management doesn’t have to apply only to school or work. In order to keep your life from being hectic and last-minute, it is important to plan ahead, make a schedule, and STICK TO THAT SCHEDULE (maybe even work ahead!). When you make a schedule, you are more likely to be productive because you aren’t waiting around for inspiration to hit you. Plus, getting things done feels freaking awesome!

Honestly, what is better than getting a ton of work done around the house or yard, taking a shower when you’re done, and then having the rest of the day to yourself? Exactly, nothing. There’s an old quote by some unknown genius that says, “Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” So go out there and get some stuff done.