Thursday, September 27, 2018

Three Powerful Tips for Effective Use of Time

Time is constant. You can’t shrink, expand or stop it. Consequently there is no such thing as time management. We cannot manage time. Everyone has got 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds in a day. You can't deduct from it or add to it. In other words time cannot be banked or saved. Although time has a direction, its direction cannot be maneuvered. As it ticks away, seconds by seconds, it can never be reclaimed.   

What then matters? What really matter is what we do in time. Our use of time is in our grasp. It should be noted that while we can't manage time, we can manage ourselves to utilize time effectively. So self management is the key to effective use of time. To manage yourself for an effective use of time means learning how to work in time in a productive and profitable way. It is without doubt that self management involves a process of self awareness in which you constantly monitor and manage yourself. Self management makes you accountable for yourself. As a student you have to learn how to use time effectively. This can be actualized if only you learn how to manage yourself. Below are some tips to help you become effective in managing yourself:

1. Identify the difference between urgent and important.

This is about focus. In order to stay focused, you will have to know the difference between what's urgent and what's important. Often times, things that appear urgent are the result obtained from postponing a previous task. So they appear all of a sudden and make us confused. This is true, especially of some students who will want to read a semester course for two days during an examination. You can prevent yourself from being caught up in urgencies if you put first things first. Prioritize and do the important things. Always go for the important things first. As a student some friends may approach you with an urgent need to go see a movie or do something that is against your schedule, before you respond, ask yourself the question: what's important, the movie or my schedule?  An honest answer to this question will help you identify what's important. So be careful not to allow urgencies take over important things.

2. Identify the difference between good and best.

It is easy to choose between what’s good and what’s bad. However choosing between what’s good and what’s best can be arduous. Whether closing the books after studying in preparation for an examination or taking an extra time to perfect what has been read. You see, it is good enough that you have studied but its best when you take some extra time to perfect what you have read. Stick to what is best. Here is a quote by St. Jerome: 

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best. 

3. Act accordingly.

To get the best out of your time, have a blueprint for what you will like to do in time. In other words have a schedule for each day of the week. Follow your schedule by sticking to what is important against what is urgent and sticking to what is best against what is good. Always repeat this process. You could make some significant adjustment, if necessary and get rid of distractions. 


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