“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss
We can’t think of an occasion that Dr. Seuss didn’t have some advice for. All of us have felt the weight of hours past upon us. You remember us telling you that your A’s are money? Well, all that money comes because your time has been invested properly. Some of us are procrastinators, the adrenaline junkies of the academic world, while others are daydreamers, obsessed schedulers, or workaholics cramming that last appointment in. While letting things “fall into place” when they need to is a good way to live life, it’s not the most pragmatic. We have a lot to do and it always seems like there’s not enough time.
A great concept is that of the “time is money” analogy.
Imagine you have a magic bank account that every morning deposits $86,400 into it.
This happens every day, with one catch, at the end of the day you’re back to $0.
What would you be doing with that $86,400?
Well, what are you doing with the 86,400 seconds in every day? How’s that money being invested?
You have a magic bank account, it’s called your life. Every day when you fall asleep you’re back to $0 but, no worries, when you wake up you’re rich.
A fool would be concerned with the $0/second mark, trying to stay up and wait for the money to be redeposited into the bank account. While a wise person will make sure every dollar/second is spent well. Sometimes spending time means relaxing, putting things into perspective, investing in being present. Presence means actively listening and contributing to the moment. Other times we need to hustle, make sure that you stick to a strict schedule with steadfastness, staying centered and focused on the goal everyday we are one step closer. As human beings we are limited, we cannot do everything we desire to do.
That's why it's important to put into perspective how you want to spend your time and coming to terms with being mortal. The beauty of the moment is that it comes once, we’re going to learn to cherish it and honor it for what it is. Creating value is what time is about. Hey, you never know, the investment you make now could one day double your account. How?
Well, with our help we’ll get you on a path to put systems into place so that the menial things can be easily finished up with so you can focus on the more important daily tasks. With all these organizational tools under your belt people will be wondering how you’re the social butterfly and the geek all at once.
Doubling your Time Investment
If you want more time then you make it. How? Well, don’t tell anyone the secret but, it’s all about systems.
The beauty about education is that you’re never too old, poor, to learn and we all have one thing in common… we have to take it one day at a time.There are people out there who are full time students, have full time jobs, volunteer, tutor and even have kids of their own. Then we have the majority of students and young professionals making the most of their educational (whether formal or informal) experience by going to classes/trainings and getting involved in their communities and campus/work life. Whatever you choose to do with your time, understand that there are some things your time is better spent on. Putting systems into place for the repetitive things are a big help.
A Simple Way to Build Systems, Bet You Still Won't do it…. or Will You?!
How do we do this? Well, you need to take the next page and write out all of the tasks that are done on (or around) the same day, at the same time, every week. Then what you do is take those and plug them either into an organizer (so last century but feels awesome), gcalendar, calendar app, or even a physical calendar in your room. Some people like to do all of them.
So, every Sunday before the week starts give yourself a few minutes to organize and fill in all your appointment, assignments, group meetings etc… You can even set reminders to be sent to your phone. These systems will help you stay on task and knowing what’s coming is half the battle.
We’ve found that with many students have a hard time allocating time to the priorities in their lives that will set the stage for their adult selves. It’s partly due to the great compartmentalization that occurs in our 21st century lives. Everyone is an energizer bunny barely getting time to themselves. Some bunnies are running frantically in circling while others are headed towards the finish line. Though it may seem impossible, as per the old tale of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady will win this race. It’ll allow time to sit back, reflect, and make sure the proper decisions are being made.
Systems will allow you to be see the components of your life, weed useless ones out and continue working at an efficient level on the ones you deem necessary. Sometimes people repeat the same acts and are not conscious of them, these redundant actions hold us back from using that time on more productive work or even more entertaining. Then you're back to $0 at the end of your day. Was it worth it?
Let us know if this helps or what other tips you may have!
You Live. You Learn.