Time management. Who has time for that?
One of the most important things I have learned throughout my college career is trying to balance a busy schedule. Being a college student, trying to balance a demanding sport, classes, sleep, and to have somewhat of a social a life can get exhausting. There are days when I finally sit down at my desk to start homework and realize I haven’t sat, collected my thoughts, and breathed all day. The way in which someone goes about “time” is different for everyone. I see it as finding your rhythm and balance as to what is important to you. This can apply to all aspects of your life. In relation to exercise, I know a lot of people always result back to the same excuse - “I don’t have time to workout.” I couldn’t disagree more. I know when I set aside time for an extra workout, the outcome isn’t just physically beneficial for me, but mentally as well. One thing you will always come across in your life, are people who say, “I don’t have time.” People will always make excuses. The truth of it is, if you truly want to fit something into your schedule, you do. You need to capitalize on each hour of the day. Not just to go through the motions, but to do what you need to and do it well. I could name endless amounts of dedicated people who are up before the sun rises grinding it out, just so they can succeed, one day at a time. The mentality and motivation aspect of things are usually lacking for those who make excuses. This stems from not setting aside and making time to achieve what you say you will. These are the few steps I try to follow each morning and throughout the day:
1. Do what makes you happy
3. Write a plan for the day
4. Surround yourself with those who make time for you
5. Work hard and efficiently
One of the most important things that have come out of my forced time management skills is realizing that sometimes you need to do NOTHING. Which for most of us, isn’t easy. Busy bodies are not easily stopped. Sometimes it is important to step back and see how you are spending your time. Observe how it is affecting you both mentally and physically. Each step should be beneficial in some way. I encourage you to take five minutes out of your day and make a list of how you can improve your time management. I guarantee that giving up 5 minutes now will save you in the long run!