Being busy does not equal success. Many people are busy running around all day without accomplishing much. Time management can help you sort out what needs to be done and when you can do it, so you can be successful. Time management is a great concept, but it can be hard to commit to. Here are four tips to help you commit to thoughtful time management.
Keeping track of your schedule can be a great way to manage time. Keep a calendar where you write down all of your important dates: sports tournaments, big due dates, entrance exams, and your work schedule. When you write out your commitments on a calendar, you can prioritize your time so that you can study or complete projects when you know you will have time. Writing down study and homework time can help you avoid procrastinating.
Social media can eat up your time without you noticing. According to SocialMediaToday, teens are reported to spend up to nine hours a day on social media. Social media platforms are designed to keep you scrolling, clicking, liking, and linking. It can be a helpful way to stay in touch and find out what is going on the world, but it can also waste time. If you want to go big, take a few social media apps off your phone. Only logging in on your computer will cut back on the amount of time you spend in those apps. If that is too much, set a timer or turn off notifications for your apps. Even small steps that make you aware of your social media usage will help you discover hours of time in the long run.
Everyone has things that must be done in a day and things that can’t be done in a day. Every day sit down and look at your schedule. Prioritize the things that must be done. Put them at the top of the list, then do them first. You won’t be stressed at the end of the day trying to get the most important things completed. When you prioritize, you can also confidently say yes or no to certain activities. Yes, I have time to join another sport; no, I don’t have time to go out for coffee after school.
A commitment to time management just takes a little bit of effort every day. Start with making a prioritized to-do list. Another day, start limiting your social media usage. Spend just a few minutes thinking about how you would like to use your time and what should be accomplished and you will find you are making progress.
The better you become at time management, the less busy and stressed you will feel. You will discover more time for friends, family, sleep and exercise, all things that are essential to a healthy life.
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