Projects piling up, looming deadlines, and a to-do list that seems to only get longer each day. These experiences are far too common in both life and work. Time management is defined as using your time productively and efficiently. Many students find this to be a challenge to conquer, especially with school, family, and a full-time or part-time job. One thing to remember is that you’re not alone, almost everyone struggles when it comes to time management skills. However, it is also important to understand that not all methods of time management work for everyone. Sometimes it can take awhile to find out what works best for you; whether its making schedules, or using an agenda.
There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about time management. Some of these include; setting S.M.A.R.T goals, coping with distractions and letting go of perfection. Finding the right methods towards acing your time management may take a few tries, however it takes commitment to improving this method and understanding the proper resources at hand to find a solution.
1. Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals
Make sure the goals you set for yourself are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Nobody has a clear understanding of what success looks like, progress is not closely monitored, and soon that important target slips to the back burner. Using S.M.A.R.T goals is a great way to make sure you work through all the components. Setting goals this way is helpful, because it eliminates generalities and guesswork. They set a clear finish line and allows for easy tracking of your progress to reach the success of your goal!
2. Coping with Distractions
Distractions take away from the time you should be working (or even relaxing). Accepting these occurrences and understanding they always happen is the best way to start coping with distractions. When making a list of things to do for the day, understand things come up and not all the items may get done by the end of the day.
3. Let Go of Perfection
It doesn’t exist! Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to obtain the unobtainable. Set the time to better yourself. Make yourself a priority, your schooling, studying, and your future.
“Either run the day or the day runs you”
– Jim Rohn