Waste not, want not, because time is nonrefundable

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Time comes and it goes, there never seems to be enough of it when it is really needed.

On March 8, Philip Troutman, student success academic advisor, presented the “Time Managementworkshop.

Troutman laid out seven steps to help students, staff, and faculty successfully manage their time. It’s not always easy to prioritize needs and wants, but it is not impossible either.

“Taking advantage of one opportunity over another is called opportunity cost,” Troutman said.

Step one – Set priorities and decide what is important. For example, knowing that a paper is due tomorrow but choose instead to play the new “Skyrim” game, results in an F on the paper that didn’t get done.

Step two – Set goals to match priorities. Clarifying intent and purpose helps to ensure follow-through on set priorities. If a person’s priority was spending time with family, setting a goal of a family vacation would show the intent and purpose of the goal.

Step three – Create an action plan. In order to accomplish goals and maintain priorities, planning goes a long way toward making a clear cut path to achieving those goal. Make a list of actions to do daily, weekly, and monthly to ensure productivity.

Step four – Take action. Do what is on the task calendar, check the calendar at the beginning of the day, check the calendar that night, and the next day. Check it, check it, and check it. Create a trend for everyday tasks so that they become a reoccurring action.

Step five – Conquer procrastination. There are many reasons why it is possible to give up on tasks, laziness, not wanting to fail, not wanting to succeed, not having clear priorities or goals. Don’t give up on priorities, goals, and tasks.

Step six – Adjust priorities, goals, and tasks as needed to continue being successful. Evaluate the successes and failures to see what needs or doesn’t need to be changed.

Step seven – Believe in yourself. Stay positive, and keep focused. Being able to maintain the right level of discipline and action keeps productivity high.

Time management is about more than just being able to create a schedule and be task orientated. It is about setting up a way to enable personal achievement and a way to stay focused on future goals.

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