How to Effectively Manage Time by Sydney Shortreed, DeForest DECA

Sydney Shortreed | DeForest DECA | VP of Brand Management


How to Effectively Manage Time!

Time management is extremely important for being a calm, organized, and successful person. There are many ways you can effectively manage your time. Some include: prioritizing, creating goals, and planning ahead.

Prioritizing is determining the order for dealing with a series of items or tasks according to their relative importance. It is important to finish important and urgent tasks first. This could be homework, college applications, scholarships, or any other crucial tasks. Tasks that are not urgent or important, like busy work, can be pushed back. It is important to not procrastinate because being behind defeats the whole process of prioritizing.

Another crucial element of time management is setting goals. When creating a SMART goal it should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound. When drafting your goal, you should think of the five Ws: who, what, why, when, and which. To measure your goal you should think: How much? and How many? Make sure your goal is achievable and realistic. Think about: Does this seem worthwhile? and is this the right time? Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.

Lastly, planning ahead is beneficial and necessary to time management. One way you can plan ahead is by creating to-do lists. Check off the task when you’ve completed it so you can see how much you’ve accomplished! Another way to plan ahead is to use a calendar. Color coding calendars is a great way to visualize what you have and when. You can plan out sporting events, due dates, tests, club activities, and anything else pertaining to your life.

Being able to effectively manage time allows you to be very successful in your current day to day life, and allows for a better prepared future!

Link to different To Do List templates.