Instead of regretting "wasting your time" (or rather
spending it with Jim), it's important that you look at the situation
as something to learn from. The most important thing to being
successful is knowing how to manage your time effectively. If
you have millions of things going on at once, you will more than
likely end up getting stressed out. Stress can cause you to feel
both physically and mentally fatigued.
If you are a busy person, it makes a huge difference to carry
a day planner with you. That way you can take notes on important
things and keep track of what you have to do and when it has
to be done.
The second step to managing your time effectively is setting
priorities know what you want, what you need and when
things must be done. If you have something that you have to get
done, do it before you go out to the movies or before you talk
on the phone. That way you won't end up feeling overwhelmed and
thinking "I should have done my homework before I talked
on the phone, or it was such a waste of time to go to the movies."
Her are some Time Management tips given at the Student Leadership
Seminar in Kamloops, British Columbia in May:
- Enjoy whatever you are doing
- Don't waste time regretting failures
- Don't waste time feeling guilty about what you didn't do
- Remind yourself that there is always time for the important
things. If it's important, you'll make time to do it.
- Always carry a pen and paper with you to jot down notes and
- Use a "To Do List" every day. Prioritize the tasks
and do your best to get the important ones done as soon as possible
- Concentrate on one thing at a time
- Set deadlines
- Focus on items that will have the best results or benefits
- Delegate as much as possible. It will free up your time for
other activities, but more importantly, it will allow other people
to get involved and contribute.
Another key factor to time management is allowing time for
you. If you are always on the go and never take the time to sit
down and put your feet up, you will end up feeling stressed out.
Although stress can have positive effects like helping you to
meet deadlines, it can also have negative effects.
If you become too stressed out and too busy, you won't be
able to do a good job at what you are doing. Also, it can cause
problems in relationships at home and with friends. You may find
yourself over-committed and neglecting a friendship or you may
end up being so uptight that you burst every time someone says
Remember that life is about living and having fun. Enjoy everything
that you do and you won't regret a minute!