Do You Even "Time"?

by JL on April 9, 2014 - 9:59pm

      In the article, Time Management, by Wendy Hearn, published in 2010, explains that a difficulty  most people has is managing their time. A lot of people wish that there would be more than 24 hours a day in order to complete every task they were given. In order to manage time better, Hearn explains that by managing ourselves first, time will be easier to manage afterward. Also, the solution to this problem is far easier than most people think. The first step is to know one's self, decide the task one wants to finish first or last. Afterward, the second step would be planning days, one at a time. In one day, one should try to accomplish one big task and one small task. If the plans are followed, there will be a huge progress and it will be an excellent start. Then, Hearn introduces the four D's, which are: do it, delegate it, dump it and defer it. The first thing is to get it done, the better the sooner. If the task doesn't suit you, get someone to help. If it's not important, just forget about it. And if it's less important or due later, make it in the to do list and come back to it later, so one can focus on the more important task first. One last thing, are the "time washers", those are things that consumes a lot of time when one is trying to complete their work. Be sure to look out for: poor planning, procrastination, not delegating and interruptions. 

     I believe managing time is one of the hardest thing for students. Since high school, subjects have been taught by different teachers and most assignment are given independently with time limits. The biggest problem is, the time limits are given according to what the teacher think it's enough. Hence, students end up with six or more assignments at once, which includes big oral presentations and test at the same time. I believe informing people about how to manage better their time can be a great benefit to them, since time is not something we can control. Whether we are old or young, time is constantly going forward and it is hard to complete every task in time. Even worse, some people use their time to eat and sleep in order to complete assignments or study for tests. 

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First things first, your title instantly drew me in and caused me to read this article. That was very creative and made me laugh. Your piece was very interesting to me because I relate to this struggle completely. Every year, all of my assignments are due at the same time. Right now, all within a week span I have three papers, two tests, and quite a few daily quizzes. I have been trying to manage my time, but it is very hard for me to do. I will certainly try these tips because I need to try and ditch my procrastinating habits. This article will help me out tremendously. I think this was a very good topic that can help many of those who read it. I am very glad that you chose to write about this topic. This is a very challenging task for students of all ages, especially college students. I know that all of my friends are frantically trying to get things done at the last minute. I know many people turn to drugs like adderall to stay awake to get assignments done. This a very scary effect that bad time management can have. Time management is something that I am going to work on for the rest of this year and on.

I found this post very interesting and brings up some very good points. It seems as though everyone at some point or another has a difficult time fitting everything they need to do in just one day. You gave excellent examples and ways to beat the system to be able to do more in a day and to manage ones time more efficiently. I know form a personal experience that with social media and other people around, such as roommates that an assignment that should only take about thirty minutes ends up taking a few hours because I get distracted so easily. I completely agree when you suggest that one should plan out in advance and make set schedule and to follow it. I also recommend that one should stay focused on the task at hand in order to stay on track and limit themselves from outside factors such as social media. I think that we can all agree that some days there simply is not enough time to get everything you want to get done in the time allowed. Lastly, one minor suggestion is to proof read your work because there was some slight spelling and grammatical errors.

The title of your post is what initially brought me to it, and after reading I could not agree more. I have noticed, especially this semester, that there is just not enough time in the day to accomplish all my goals. The combination of papers, labs, club activities, tutoring and studying for exams leaves very little time in the day. Some days I do not even have time to eat. I did not realize the value of time management before college, and your article made me aware that I have room for improvement when it come to managing my time. Luckily, I have never felt unprepared or surprised by the amount of work in college. Growing up in a middle class family with college educated parents I was blessed that they instilled both the importance of an education as well as a good work ethic. This also blessed me with the ability to attend a good high school that prepared me for college. This process of socialization inevitably led me to study at SUNY Brockport. After reading your post I am more motivated to reevaluate how I manage my time, and will keep in mind the four D’s.

This post really caught my eye starting with the title. I agree with this post that time management is one of the hardest things for students to achieve. I know for a fact that it is the hardest thing for me to do so far in my college experience. When you have so much work to complete, there is just never enough time to finish it all, especially when have other responsibilities like athletics and work. I have noticed that my time management skills are improving little by little with experience as I finish up my freshman year here at Brockport. I don't think that time management is something that you can teach but you have to learn through experience like I mentioned before. In this post, you give good advice on what you can do to help achieve time management like plan everything out first. This was a very interesting post and some good points are made.

The subject of time management is one that many students in particular struggle with. You present useful information on how to help students overcome this problem. As a peer mentor, I try to tell the new students how important time management is. Having learned through a process of trial an error I have found ways to manage my time. From a heavy course load to having a social life it can be hard to make time for everything. I feel that the point you made about accomplishing one big task a day along with smaller tasks is valuable. Though my experience I have found if you do a bunch of little tasks you can get distracted from the main task. I have also learned through peer mentoring that you have to let each person figure out how to manage their time on their own. Sometimes it takes a missed assignment to get a student to realize they have to be more efficient with their time. I feel that time management takes experience to master and is specific to the individual. It is a matter of what works for you. Time management is important for task efficiency and once you master it you can become quite productive.

This article could really help my since I have problem about managing my time. I do have a fixed class schedule and I do finish my homework on time, or in other word, before deadline. I think the cause of this problem is people always find something they happier to do, like at every Friday night it is my game night and it never affected by homework unless it is the due, but on Sunday, I suppose to study, but I just can find all kinds of reasons that can distract me from text books.

I don’t think it matters what someone does with their days, eventually they will come to the realization that time management is so important. I personally have realized this upon entering college. Fortunately I had some inclination that time management would be very important so I was not taken too much by surprise. For those who did not prepare, I am sure they were in for a rude awakening. This skill came to be so useful when I started to realize that I had to miss out on the stuff I really wanted to do when I had to stay inside working on a paper due the next day. Procrastination is probably one of the attributes of a college student, depending on the type of student. For me personally, I need a little bit of procrastinating in my life in order to motivate me to do the work when I actually do it. A little pressure helps, but too much can influence the quality or even quantity of work handed in. Time management is also useful outside of school. By managing your time in general, one can get done what they want to. A sense of accomplishment always feels good.
Ultimately, the ideas you presented were great ones, but at times I felt that they could of been presented with a little more flow. It was not a bad read and it interested me because of the title and the information. It would be interesting to hear of some more consequences of poor time management. I think sometimes people just don’t have the curiosity to think ahead of the situation they might get into by putting things off until later. It is way too easy to get caught up in a bind by playing first and working later when it is too late.

Time is by far the hardest thing to manage at the college level. It isn’t always easy to find time to do all of your assignments, especially when they’re all due at the same time. I think the key to success is being able to manage their time. To be structured, organized and to be able to avoid distractions is the key to good grades.

The title will automatically get your readers’ attention. Most, if not everyone will agree that time is of the essence. We feel as though time just slips through our hands. When it comes time to turn the lights off at the end of the day, we ask ourselves, where did the day go? We can’t remember what have done in the course of the day. Although it is not only students, especially high school students, where in high school the only responsibility, for most students, is being a student and a teenager. There are no rents to pay, no kids to take care of, no dinners needed to be done, no cleaning, besides perhaps their rooms. The responsibilities start in college. Not everyone will agree to this, but this is when teenages become young adults and have more and more on their plates. It’s no longer making sure that the homework or projects are done on time. It’s making sure to be at school on time, getting a part-time job, and making sure to perform adequately not to lose the job. It only gets worse as time progresses, more tasks at hand, and less time to do what we truly want to do. It would be better to generalizes the whole population than just say it is particularly difficult for high school students. Everyone needs more time in a day, or possibly less work/homework. I couldn’t help but notice some sentence structure mistakes, perhaps reviewing and making sure that everything is alright before posting.

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

Hi! I loved your article. I think it is a good subject to write about and it is something that we all have to deal with. For example, I often have troubles dealing with full-time school, my 20 hours a week job, my sports, my hobbies and friends and family and still have time doing my homework. It is almost inhuman to do everything. This is why I think it is very important to organize my time. All the tips you gave were tips that I use on a daily basis. Organizing my day hour per hour can be a hard job, but it is worth it. I think that time managing is something very important for everyone no matter your age, but we also have to remember that it is possible that, one day, you do not feel like doing homework or you cannot concentrate. And I think it is ok to take a break and to do other things. Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, it just do not work, and it is normal.

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