Time Management Tips

Time management is imperative. At one point or another, we all face the freak out moment when we realize that we’re not here forever. You have to make every second count. Time seems to speed up as you get older and your awareness for time is quite impeccable. I have once heard the quote, “how can life be short when it’s the longest thing you will ever do?” It’s a great question, but when we’re deciding what to do with our lives, most of it is spent sleeping, most of it is laughing with good friends, and other times are spent working. When you take a step back, there are very few things that we do in our spare time for ourselves.

I stumbled upon a YouTube video that perfectly describes time in jelly beans.

Warning: if you’re a sensitive person, you may get sad. But it should help you make better decisions with your time. It’s an eye-opener. Watch it.

Tips and Tricks:

1. My mom always taught me to “Work Backwards.”

By this, I mean that you should know what your target time is so that you know what your free windows are. So, if you need to be somewhere at 10, and you average about an hour to get ready, and then you know that you hit the snooze button five times, plus you don’t know what you’re going to wear, then factor in that time. Waking up a couple hours early prepares you so that you aren’t struggling with running around and causing unnecessary stress.

2.   Prepare the DAY BEFORE

What does that even mean? It means, if you don’t already know what you want to wear, pick it the day before and lay it out. If you’re going on a trip, pack up your stuff the day before. Get a pile of everything you need by the door. Take out the specific makeup you’re going to be wearing the next day (if you wear it). These things will already be prepared for you to save unnecessary hassle in the morning (especially if you accidentally hit the snooze that extra time).

3. Account for Delays!

Just prepping the day before and working your routine into your schedule isn’t the only thing you need to be conscious of. The world doesn’t work the way you always want it to. Living in NYC has opened my eyes to this. The subway can break down, traffic can hold you up, and the slow walkers can make you miss your train. When you’re doing the first step and working backwards, it’s sometimes hard to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you, and the other planets don’t revolve around it. Factor the world and life getting in the way. You should be familiar with your city, what routes are better than others, and how to work around these problems.

Those are just the basic steps, the rest is up to you and how well you know yourself to get somewhere.
(That, or your friends are lying to you about the time the party starts just so you’ll actually get there on time.)

Rachel is a 23 year old recent graduate of the publishing studies major at Illinois State University. She has a deep connection to literature and the arts and loves volunteering her time to great causes and reaching out to her community. In 2010 she was accepted into a 2-week writing program at Juilliard School which helped her fall in love with the city of New York and pursue the publishing degree she currently has. She has been published in 7th grade at StarWallPaper, a poetry journal for young poets, Lit Fest Press/Festival Writer, Figment.com, and writes published book reviews for Teen Ink Magazine located in Boston. Outside of writing, you can find her strumming her guitar, singing, acting in plays, dancing on dance companies, and reading profusely.

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