TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
(As a leader you must learn to manage your time)
How do you approach time? People have different personalities and come from different cultures; they
may also view time in different ways.
differences may have to do with your preferred style of learning. As an example,
you may be a natural organizer and have to plan or schedule everything.
may take a more laidback approach to life, preferring to be more flexible, able
to “go with the Flow”, rather than a daily or weekly routine. You may be good at dealing with the unexpected, but you may also be a procrastinator.
WHICH ARE YOU?
Whether you are s Student or Leader of an Organization
Proper Time management involves;
Know what your goals are (If you don’t know where you are going, How will you know when you get there
or If you don’t know what your goals are how will you know when you’ve achieved)
· Setting priorities to meet your goals (If you fail to plan, you plan to fail)
· Anticipating the unexpected (Hope
for best, yet, plan for the worst, Contingency Planning)
· Placing yourself in control of your time (If you don’t plan time, someone else will)
· Making commitment to being punctual
· Carry out your plans (Plan your work,
then work your plan)
first step in effective time management is recognizing that you can be in control. How often have you said, “I don’t
it really that you do not have time, or have you made a choice, whether consciously or unconsciously, not to make time for
that particular task or activity?
we say we don’t have time, we imply that we do not have a choice. But we do have a choice. We do have control over how we use our time. We do have control over many commitments we choose to make.
in control means that you make you own decisions, rather than being tossed and blown wherever without any prior planning.
Two of the most often cited differences between
high school and college are increased
autonomy/ independence, and greater responsibility.
(no one there to tell you to get up and go
to class, or to make you do you home work: If you are an older student returning
to school, you probably have already realized that returning to school creates additional responsibilities above and beyond
those you already have with job, family, community service, church and other activities).
(Leaders Must Learn to Set Goals)
Where do you see yourself in five years from now? Ten years from now? You may
see yourself earning a degree, owning your home, starting a business, or plan to retire early.
Time management is one of the most effective tools to assist you in meeting these goals. Your goals may be lofty or simple, but they
should also be attainable. You don’t want to establish such high goals
that you are setting yourself up for failure.
a goal is set, then determine at least two objective for achieving each goal.
What the difference between a Goal and an Objective?
· A GOAL IS WHAT YOU WANT TO
· AN OBJECTIVE IS A TANGIBLE,
MEASURABLE METHOD FOR REACHING THE GOAL
goals should be measurable, such as completing a degree program or earning a 3.0
or higher grade point average. But
others goals, for example “to be happy”, or “to be successful”, may mean different things to different
matter how you define success, you should be able to identify some specific steps you can take to achieve your goals. (Using
exercise 2.1 in text, Pg 38, list three goals you might establish for yourself for the next month).
you have established goals and objectives, decide how you want to prioritize your
time. Do this by deciding
· Which goals and objective are most important
· Which goals are the most urgent
Studying in order to get a good grade on a test tomorrow may have to take priority over attending a jog fair today.
a good that skilled time managers establish priorities is to maintain a “to-do”
list and then rank-order the items on that list, determining schedules and
deadlines for each task.
first year students, especially recent high school graduates, temporarily lose sight of their goals and enjoy their first
term of college by opening themselves up to a wide array of new experiences.
it is encouraged to do this, within limits, it is recognized that some students will spend the next four or five years trying
to make up for poor decision made early in their college careers. (my experience as a High School Recruiter while at Rose State: Everyone know the first Semester
is suppose to be blown-Off).
the text is full of suggestions for enhancing academic success, the bottom lines is keeping your eyes on the prize and take
control of your time and you life. This is known as “staying focused” which is what most successful people frequently indicate is a key to their success.
Procrastination is a serious problem that can
trip up many otherwise capable people. Why people procrastinate range from fear
of failure to fear of success.
of its source, procrastination may be your single greatest enemy.
are some suggested ways to beat procrastination:
· Say to yourself, I need to do this now or I will suffer later on
· Create a to-do list
· Break down big jobs into smaller steps
· Before you begin, promise yourself a reward for finishing the task
· Take control of your study environment.
· Don’t make or take phone calls during planned study sessions
these ideas fail to motivate you to get to work, it may be time to reexamine your values and priorities. What is really important to you? Are your academic goals really your own, or were they imposed on you by
family members, your employer, or societal expectations?
MAKING YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT PLAN WORK
extensive thought to what kind of schedule will work best for you and stick to it.
“DON’T OVEREXTEND YOURSELF”. Determine what a realistic workload is for you; this can vary significantly from person to person. Do not take on more than you can handle. Learn to say “NO”
“REDUCE DISTRACTION” - Do not study
in places associated with leisure, such as the kitchen table, the living room, or in front of the TV. They each lend themselves to interruptions by others and other distractions.
few more tips to help you deal with distractions are:
· Don’t eat while you study
· Leave the TV, CD Player, DVD, iPod and radio off
· Don’t let personal concerns interfere with studying
· Develop an agreement with roommate, family about “quiet hours”