Time Management for Today’s Student Leaders

Time management has become increasingly important to my jump from high school to college. My time has become very limited do to classes, class-work, athletics and fatigue. In an average day I spend about four hours in a classroom, three hours on the soccer field, two hours eating, two to three hours playing video games or online talking to friends, and whenever I can I try to sleep. Class-work often takes a backseat to the rest of my daily schedule. I am not an expert on time management.

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A particular section of the hand out was the seven questions asking how I invested my free time. #1 On the average, do I spend fifteen or more minutes a day reading or sending e-mail? Yes, most days I will check my e-mail two or three times a day without fail. #2 On the average do I spend fifteen or more minutes surfing the web? Yes, everyday I check to see who has won or lost in the world of college soccer, taking up about a half an hour of my time. #3 On the average do I spend fifteen or more minutes talking on the phone? No, I am in contact with most of my friends through the Internet but when I do talk on the phone it is for an extended period of time. #4 On the average do I spend fifteen or more minutes playing Playstation or a similar device? Yes, without fail I get in at least a game of Gamebreaker 2001 or Fifa 2000. #5 On the average do I spend fifteen minutes or more engaged in instant messenger conversations on the Internet? Yes, I have to do this to keep my sanity, I have a lot of good friend who I need to keep in touch with too face each day. #6 On the average do I spend fifteen minutes or more watching television? Yes, I am addicted to that black box, spending a bit more than fifteen minutes watching it. #7 On the average do I spend fifteen minutes or more planning out how I’m going to spend my day? No, I’ve never really thought about doing that on a day to day basis. The article says that most student leaders answer yes to at least four of the first six questions and answer no to #7. I answered yes to five of the first six questions and no, just like most other people to #7. What this says is that I’m wasting a lot of my time on insignificant things rather than concentrating on what’s really important.

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