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Time
Management

            Contrary
to the what one may think time management is not the management of time. Time
itself cannot be managed but rather it is
one’s ability to use time effectively or productively. Time management is a challenge no matter who you are, but for me
especially. I am a wife, mother, a full time
professional and a full-time student,
managing my affectivities can be a struggle at times. Experts offer advice as
to what makes for the “best” time management processes. However, one needs to
evaluate what works best for them. I have tried
many of systems, from calendars to phone apps to management systems, and I have
yet to find the perfect system.

            Even
though I may struggle, I have found a
system that works for me. A combination of electronic lists and calendars keeps
me organized and on task. Is this a perfect system? No,
not at all. For example, these past two weeks have been very busy at work,
which has impacted my management of my daily tasks. What went wrong? In looking
back, I did not manage the tasks at hand effectively;
I let the additional work affect my schedule. Had I reevaluated my workload and redistributed my tasks I would
have utilized my time better.

            Other
time robbers for me are TV shows, games on my phone, and lack of sleep. When I
have not had enough rest, I find I lack
in motivation and am not able to complete my daily tasks. At times completing
all of my work in the allotted time is hard and I need to sacrifice sleep to
complete a school assignment or a work project. Constantly doing this affects
my ability to produce quality work, which then requires more of my time. When I
have ineffective time management, in the end,
my children suffer, this to me is sad and
can be avoidable. To not sacrifice time with my children I need to evaluate and put in
place a better time management system.

            To ensure that I am giving everything in my
life the adequate time and attention, I
need to reevaluate my system. In doing so,
I have come to the conclusion that I need to try a structured schedule. For
example, Sundays our new academic week starts, I am always up before my
children are. I will utilize the time before they wake up to review my week’s assignments and lessons. Having the
weekly lesson in mind will allow me to think about the material throughout the
day and week. I will dedicate the remainder
of Sunday to my children, whether it has
them at my side doing chores or playing outside. This time in invaluable and
can never be returned to a parent.

            To
keep up with school demands, I will take
out time during my work day to review my school materials, even if it is during
my lunch break. Taking my lunch to complete this
will allow me to have a free hour at home with my children, or even
allow me to get o bed an hour earlier. Setting deadlines for items and knowing
when I am being expected to complete an item, is imperative for me. I use my
phone calendar for almost everything and have alerts set up as reminders. For me to get back on track creating reminders
or alerts of such will remind me to take a step back and see what needs to be completed next.

Working on a big project
along with little ones at the same time will help me to manage my time better.
For example, if I have a project that is due in a month and one in two weeks,
instead of waiting to start the one that is due later, I work on the two
projects simultaneously allotting more time to the project due sooner and less
time to the one due later. I will be able to accomplish both without feeling
overwhelmed and out of time.

            In
the end, time management can be viewed at as a juggling act. One needs to
learn to juggle all aspects of life without dropping one of the balls. When the
load becomes heavier in one area, one needs to learn to redistribute the load to be effective and productive. I will never
master the art of time of management, is it a moving and evolving process.
Acknowledging this and my flaws will allow me only
to keep perfecting my skills.

 

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