I am so sorry about going ghost last week, our family cars actually exploded and needless to say that was an adventure that kept me away from my desk! It also had me thinking quite a lot about time management. Jacob and I by the grace of God were able to figure out how to be everywhere we both needed to be while borrowing my brother’s 1992 Volkswagen while mine was at the shop (thank you, Alex), and shopping diligently for the car we bought. I am the kind of person who lives and dies by an organized schedule, so I’ve come to realize that anyone from sixteen to twenty five years old tend to be at least ten minutes late to everything. We have to realize- when you are late to anything you have planned, you are telling that person [friend, service provider, family members, etc] that YOUR time is far more important than THEIRS.
Here are some basic and effective steps on how to manage your time so you can make the most of the twenty-four hours you’ve been given-
- Wake up on time!
I know this one is hard, but when you train your body to wake up when it needs to it gets much easier day by day. Not to mention you will have an easier time falling asleep… there is a lot to be said for training your internal clock.
- Use an agenda!
Using a weekly planner makes so much of a difference. You have a chance to set your priorities and goals for the week and break them down day by day. It mentally prepares you for whatever you have coming up, and allows you to lay out what you have going on by the hour so any tasks are branded into your mind. There is something actually life changing about seeing your daily priorities written out. I start by listing my top three priorities out for each day at the beginning of the week, then I block off the hours per day that I will be at the salon. If I have anything arise throughout the course of the week I pencil it in as soon as I can, so I can move around my other plans with plenty of advance notice if need be.
- Clearly communicate with others!
Your mom told you dinner was at 6:00. Dinner is at 6:00- if you are going to be late for any reason PLEASE for the love of all things good call/text/email the host in question and let them know how late you estimate that you are going to be. Life happens and running late is sometimes inevitable, just please keep in mind that it is common courtesy to keep those you made plans with in the loop, it really isn’t hard.
- Use your unscheduled time wisely!
Down time is a rare and beautiful thing in today’s world, and you should be able to do anything you see fit with it. However, if you know dinner at your Mom’s is at 6:00 and you have to leave at 5:30 to make it on time, and you have nothing to do from 4:00-5:30, then don’t choose an activity that will be hard to break away from when the time comes to leave. For example, my husband plays PC games with his friends from time to time. These games can last over an hour, so if he has less than two hours of down time before needing to leave, he will choose not to play the game(s). That way he doesn’t get caught up in something that he feels obligated to finish and can fulfill his priorities.
Keeping a responsible sense of time is SO important in our adult lives. When you take control of your daily schedule, you will be amazed at how much less stressed and tired you will be because you will be constructively using every hour you’ve been given!