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What Time Is It?

What Time Is It? A few tips and tricks to help you be more intentional with your time

Written By: Kelli Claiborne

WCC Contributor

Time is the most valuable resource anyone has. Once your time has been utilized for an activity or task you cannot get it back. As lifelong learners and contributors to society, we have to make the decision about what we want to do with our time and how we can best utilize the time we have to meet specific goals. At times finding the time to do something can seem daunting or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some strategies that we can use to help us utilize our time wisely, and be intentional about what we do and how we do it. I will be sharing with you three tips that I have found to help me be more intentional with my time and manage more goals with a high amount of success.

Tip #1: Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.

This is a biblical principle as well as a moral principle that I try to implement daily. Try to only commit your time to things that you feel confident that you can or want to do. When you are intentional about the activities you want to participate in and the commitments you’re willing to take on you’ll be able to better track your time. When you commit to things you’re uninterested in it’s easier to forget about them.

Tip #2: Write it out!

Physically writing out a tentative schedule helps me to solidify in my mind specific things I have committed to. Writing down my plans is a physical and visual reminder of what I have to do and helps to ensure that I will not overlap activities or overbook myself. It’s important to be aware of the time that you are active and give yourself some time to relax as well.

Tip #3: Reflection

At the end of each week, I like to reflect on the things I did. I take note of the things that I feel I did well in and I reflect on the things that I could improve on. I look over my schedule to see if I was consistent in respecting my time, was I intentional in the commitments that I made that week, and if there is a way that I can improve upon my schedule for the following week.

Time management is not something a person can master in one day and it’s not one size fits all. To figure out what works best for you, you have to be willing to go through some trials and errors and a lot of self-reflection. Hopefully, these tips and tricks will provide you with a starting point in your time management journey. For even more tips and guidance on how to be more intentional with your time reach out to the counselors at Wise College Counsel.

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