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How To Best Manage Your Time When Getting Ready For Your Job, A Job Interview, Or an Important Meeting

Updated on September 25, 2012

Did you ever stop to think how much you actually manage your time when getting ready for that important appointment?

Forget about managing money. Time is much more valuable than money. When you waste money, you can always make it back. It is never gone forever. When you waste time, it is gone forever. That wasted time never comes back.

I will agree that wasting money is a close second, but s I said, you can always get it back.

When you get ready for an appointment or have to make it to your job, you have to manage 3 sets of time:

  1. The time you wake up and physically get up out of your bed
  2. The time you have to leave your house
  3. The time you have to be at your destination, whether that would be work, a job interview, meeting a friend or just about any type of important meeting

We take all this for granted and never quite think about it, because our only goal is to get to that place or appointment on time. "On time", I said. "On time" means managing those 3 sets of time

Now, here is another minor sets of times you may have to manage:

  • If you commute on the train or bus, what time that mode of transportation arrives at the station with you actually being there ahead of time

Let's look at all of these in detail:

1. The time you wake up and physically get up out of your bed:

That always seems to be the hardest for most people as nobody likes getting up when they are tired. You have to set your alarm and you may even hit the snooze button a few times. You can make this easier but going to bed earlier, writing down your nagging thoughts that keep you up at night and avoiding late night snacks.

Only YOU dictate this time.

2. The time you have to leave your house

This time is usually 30 to 60 minutes for most people and is that time period between waking up and doing all the fun morning stuff like showering, eating breakfast, reading your email, doing your bathroom stuff, watching the news, and maybe even getting the kids ready. This all depends on how long it takes you to get ready and well you can move since most of us do this stuff half asleep.

Managing this time is not dictatable, but dependent on the time you get up.

3. The time you have to be at your destination, whether that would be work, a job interview, meeting a friend or just about any type of important meeting

Of course, your boss dictates this one. It is usually 8:30 to 10:00 AM for most people and this time depends on the first two of course.

If you commute on the train or bus, what time that mode of transportation arrives at the station with you actually being there ahead of time

There is one more time you have to manage: catching that mode of transportation, dictated by transit company and sometimes you want to just shoot them for picking the times that that train comes, and it never seems convenient, does it?

Making Your Morning Time More Manageable:

Do these things:

  • Pick tomorrow's clothing the night before.
  • Make your lunch the night before.
  • Take your shower at night.
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Make sure there is enough gas in your car to get to work or the train station the night before
  • Put all your stuff together (train ticket, car keys, money, driver's license, cell phone) in one place


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    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Exactly!

    • The Invincible profile image

      Hitesh Bubbar 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's always done like this... Write your heart...

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Invincible. This topic was something that came to mind a few weeks ago, so I decided to write a hub on it.

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      Hitesh Bubbar 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good hub for freshers. Voted up!

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