GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DAY...TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS!
Are you the type of person who does everything at the last possible minute? "Hey, I get it done, and even if it's a day late, it'll be OK.", you may think. That might be true now, but as you get older and take on more responsibilities, managing your time becomes MUCH more important. Your future boss or college professors aren't likely to accept late work. They won't have patience with the excuses that come along with your lateness.
Also, think about how you feel when you're rushing last minute. Are you stressed or are you relaxed? You're stressed. Can you do your best work that way? How does that stress affect your mode and your work?
Learning time management skills helps you get things done without suffering through the last minute time crunch. What should you do?
Create a schedule. Whether you write it down or use an app, experiment and find the tool that works best for you. Creating a to-do list every day is also useful. Cross off items as you complete them. Check out these apps that help you schedule: Wunderlist, Evernote, Remember the Milk, Any.do and Google Calendar.
Break complicated tasks into manageable pieces. The big jobs won't seem as overwhelming, and you'll be able to budget your time better.
Prioritize…prioritize…prioritize! There will always be conflicts in your schedule. It's so easy to say "Yes!" to a party or going out with friends. Realize that there will be times that you will need decline these invitations based on your values and commitments. Know that it's okay to say "No." when you're keeping your short- and long-term priorities in mind.
Plan time for relaxation. Your schedule shouldn't be all work. Incorporate time for enjoyable activities which help you create a healthy balance between school, work and play.
Develop routines. Rather than coming home from school and planting yourself on the couch, use that time to be productive. Make the two hours after school the time when you complete chores, work on your job search or start your homework. Take the time immediately after dinner for to finish up the homework. Routines let you avoid wasting time thinking about what to do next.
Make your day "top-heavy." Do the bulk of your work early leaving more space at the end. Put your more important and more difficult jobs first when you have the most energy. Work first…relax later. It's much easier to keep finish your work and then relax than it is to re-motivate yourself to get back to work after you've started unwinding.
Learn from your mistakes. Realize that there will be times that you will miscalculate how long a project will take. You may also forget a deadline. What do you do? Learn so that you don't make the same mistakes again.
Great time management benefits YOU! You'll be under less stress, get more done, and have less wasted time and even more free time. Give it a try and see how great you feel!