You can do anything you want if you can manage your time well enough.
This has been the biggest lesson I’ve learned in life so far. As a die-hard procrastinator, I don’t always practice efficient time management, but it’s something I’ve slowly been working on over the years.
When I graduated Highschool, I attended Ohio University for a short time and at my Pre-College Orientation is where I was first impacted by this principle. Typically, speeches given at Orientations bore me. They are filled with information I already know and some that doesn’t apply to me. This one wasn’t too different, but the segment dedicated to managing your time stuck with me.
You’re never too busy for anything. Not only in school or work, but in life on the whole. Saying you’re too busy is too easy an excuse; if you can manage your time well, you open up a lot of doors for yourself, socially, academically and professionally.
In school, I mastered time management. This isn’t bragging, as I’ve recently realized how rusty this principle has been for me since graduation. In school, I managed two jobs while being a full-time student and even somehow made time to keep a healthy social life. I kept my grades up, my job performance at its best, and kept those around me very close. I didn’t have time to do everything at once, but if it was possible to get the most out of my day, I did, even if it meant getting only 4 hours of sleep.
It’s a short life we’re given and I never want to have to choose between work and play, or promotions and relationships. I want to do it all at once, and the only way you can do that is by making the time for it.
This is an ongoing process for me; I let projects and deadlines pile up and sometimes choose to play when I should be working, or vice-versa. But I’ll never forget that speech from 2007 at Ohio University. I sometimes feel I wasted a lot of time and money there, but I do look back and realize that I learned a lot about life in my short stint there. If I had come straight to Pittsburgh, I maybe wouldn’t have managed my time quite as well. I would have let my grades suffer and let one aspect of life take rank over the other instead of treating all of it equally.
Now more than ever I need to get to work on managing my time well. There are a lot of things I want to do and ‘I’m too busy’ feels like such a tired, lazy excuse. I guess if I had to choose a resolution for 2011, that would be it.
It’s not too late to make New Year Resolutions, right?! D: