You’ve heard it said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Well, time is an even worse thing to waste. You can get an education at any age to make up for past losses. However, you cannot reclaim wasted time and could miss achieving goals at school, work, or in life.
Now, you’re probably thinking about how busy you are and how seemingly little time you have left to do anything. Well, don’t let that be an excuse for failing to manage your time. Some people have loads of time to get done what they need to and still fall short. So whether you have a little or a lot, take time to manage your time. Ensure that you are doing the most good for you with the time you do have. Here’s how:
- Identify current situations (e.g., GED Academy enrollment, college enrollment, employment, relationship, etc.), future outcomes (e.g., graduation, job promotion, marriage, etc.), and people (significant other, children, friends, etc.) that matter most to you, and place these at the head of today’s to-do list.
- Next, looking at your list, consider in what order you value these things. Organize them according to their order of importance to you.
- Now, think of each important item on your to-do list like a goal and jot down actions you need to take today to maintain them where they are or move them closer to what you want them to be.
- Complete actions you outlined on your to-do list.
- Finally, and these are the biggies:
- cut out distractions (e.g., social media, TV, etc.),
- be flexible only as needed,
- ask for help when you don’t know what you’re doing, and
- don’t interrupt your action plan with add-ons (especially if these lend no value to you achieving the most important goals you’ve outlined).