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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