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HOW CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME?

Updated on April 28, 2009

How you can Manage your time wisely.

How many more hours could you use in a day? What would you use the extra time for?
To hang out with friends
To study
To sleep
To sleep
Other
Although it would be great to get a few more hours in the day, that’s not going to happen! So, what can do? Many young people have learned that managing their time has helped them to find those few extra hours they so desperately need. They’ve also noticed that being in control of their time has reduced their stress, improved their grades, and gain them more trust from their parents. Let’s see how time management can work for you.
Challenge #1 Making a Schedule
What might stop you. Just the thought of scheduling makes you feel trapped! You like to be spontaneous, and you don’t want every minute of your life controlling by a planner. Why do you do it anyway. King Solomon wrote: “The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage.” (Proverb 21: 5) Solomon was no doubt a busy man. He was a husband, a father, and a king-likely all before he was 20 years old! And his life got busier after that. Similarly, your life is busy now. But probably it will become even more hectic as you get older. Better that you get organized sooner rather than later. In a week time, youths between the ages of 8 – 18 spent their hours this way: 17 with their parents.
30 at school
44 watching TV, playing video games, instant messaging, and listening to music. Where does your time go? Watching TV, playing video games, using computer, listening to music,
Total= ?
How hours do you spend doing important things?
What some people say. “About six months ago, I started planning my schedule regularly. I was trying to make things easier, and having a schedule seems to do the trick! “– John
“Lists help keep me on track. When I have an extra-heavy load, my mom and I write in all down to figure out how we can help each other reach our goals.” – Maria
What will help you. Look at it this way: Suppose you’re going on a road trip. Each family member randomly throws his or her bags into the truck of the car. It looks as though there won’t be enough room for every thing. What could you do? You might take everything out and start again. Putting the biggest bags in first. Progressively, space is found for the smaller bags. The same is true with your life. If you start filling up your time with smaller things, you risk not being able to fit in the important things. Make space for the big things first, and you’ll be amazed at how much more time you’ll have for the rest.
What are the most important things you need to do? ---------------- Now go back and prioritize – number the things you need to do in order of importance. If you get the big things done first, you may be surprised at how much time; you will have left over to take care of the little things. But, remember, it doesn’t work the other way around! What you can do. Get a pocket planner, and prioritize what you need to do. On the other hand, perhaps one of the following alternatives below would work for you. 1. cell-phone calendar 2. Small notepad 3. Computer calendar 4. Desk calendar
Challenge #2 sticking to a schedule
What might stop you. After school you want to relax and watch TV for a few minutes, or you plan to study, but you get a text message inviting you to a movie. The movie won’t wait, but you can put off study until tonight. ‘Beside, you tell yourself, ‘I seem to do better under pressure.’
Why do it anyway. You may obtain a better grade if you study when your mind is more alert. Plus, don’t you already have a enough pressure to deal with? Why add to it by cramming for a test late at night? What will the next morning be like? You may oversleep. Feel more stress, have to rush out the door, and possibly be late for school. What your peer say. “I love watching Television, playing the guitar, and being with friends. These things aren’t wrong; but sometimes they push the more important things back, and I end up rushing. – Kate.
What will help you. Don’t just schedule things you have to do – schedule things you enjoy. “It’s easier to do what I have to, knowing I have enjoy things planned later,” says Kate. Another idea: Have something to aim for, and then set little goals along the way to make sure you’re still on track. Setting goals will help you stick to your schedule for a better fulfillment of your goals.
What you can do. What are one or two realistic goals that you could achieve within the next six months? What is a realistic goal you could achieve within the next two years, and what do you need to start doing now to reach that goal?
Challenge #3 Being Neat and Organized
What might stop you. You’re not sure how being neat and organized has anything to do with managing your time better. Besides, being messy seems so much easier. Cleaning your room can be done tomorrow- or not at all! You don’t mine the mess, so it’s reality not big deal. Or is it?
Why do it anywhere. Having everything neat and orderly will save you time when you are looking for yours things. This will also give you much needed peace of mind. Now what will help you is for you to try to put things back in their place as soon as you can. Doing things regularly rather then waiting until clutter gets out of control will make cleaning quicker and finding things easier. Also try making neatness a habit. Keep everything neater, and see if it makes life easier.
Please which suggestion from this article were most helpful tom you? I will want you try this tips for this week or any other week and see if they help. Remember life is short and use your time wisely. Thanks so much for Reading.




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