Finding your best time management guide is critical to your success.
Whether you are in school or a member of the professional world, you will want to invest time in locating your guide early on.
Your guide, whether resource or individual (e.g., a mentor), can shine light on how to best:
As with any skill development, the earlier that you begin practicing, the better.
In order to begin practicing habits of good time management, determining the type of guide from which you learn and apply best is critical.
If you have not yet found your preferred guide, you may have a good idea of your learning style.
You will want to answer the following:
You do not have to paint yourself into a corner in choosing only one way in which to learn.
However, it can be beneficial to play to your strengths, by knowing how you best learn, and then arranging the resources that best fit that style.
Now that you have determined the type of time management guide that may suit you best, time is of the essence.
You will want to rid yourself of any habits of procrastination.
Place your dedicated learning time, or meeting times (if with a mentor), on your calendar, and stick to it.
Building good habit here will allow you to evaluate your progress at regular intervals, helping to set a solid foundation upon which to build additional efficiencies.
You could, though are you prepared for the consequence when the luck you may have had runs out, especially when that occurrence coincides with an important presentation, meeting, or deadline?
Practice these habits as early as possible in your academic and/or professional career, and your proficiency in successful execution will be that much more greatly harnessed than those who have not attended to developing such a skill set.
Will I have to have gone to college in order to benefit from a focus on learning about time management?
Won't those who have undergraduate or advanced degrees be a step ahead in terms of applying these skills?
The answer to those questions reminds me of the related idea that leadership is not dependent upon title.
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." ~ John F. Kennedy
The knowledge that successful completion of a degree program provides is of great value.
Today, there exists a wealth of educational resources available outside of the traditional classroom.
Among those you will find:
One's choice to combine these resources with consistent focus and a determined work ethic can begin to balance what may have previously been an unlevel playing field.
I have heard a story, paraphrased often, where it is described that a road trip may take several days and nights, covering many hundreds of miles.
During those miles driven at night, though we may only see 50-100 feet in front of us at a time, our confidence that we will arrive at our destination is intact.
With that, we make our decisions based upon their immediacy to our environment.
The same can be applied to your academic and/or professional learning journey, and how it relates to your time management skills.
Find your best learning style (whether that be book, video, business consulting mentor, etc.). Create a plan. Add tasks, meetings, and activities to your calendar. Get started (without delay). Be consistent. Evaluate your progress. Adjust as needed.
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