The One Thing You Cant Get Back

Christopher M. Reid

Graduate from University of North Texas​

Born & Raised in Dallas TX, currently reside in Deep Ellum.

Fashion, photography, lifestyle and business are my passions.

I love creating things!

Hobbies include going to Art Museums, Movies, Reading, Travel & Designing.

I’ve been to NYC, New Orleans, Alabama, Austin & Houston, with plans to extend my travel list before the age of 27.

We have all heard it before….”Time is of the essence”. This is undoubtedly beyond true particularly when there is many things of importance that you want to accomplish from day to day. During college I have experienced many ups and downs, as I am sure you all have as well, due to not utilizing my time properly and exercising poor time management skills overall. However, as a college student for just shy of five years, I was able to learn and tame my management skills over during that period of time.
Time is best defined as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole, while management is the process of dealing with or controlling things or people. The importance of recognizing what these two words really mean will play a huge part in how you use time effectively because how can you really do anything without knowing what it means or why you are doing so.
Staying up past midnight, going to parties, hitting the gym and lounging with friends is what most college students put the majority of their time into rather than actually studying for exams and making sure that they produce quality course assignments. While all of these things are indeed fun and pleasing, the overall mission of college is to further your knowledge to prepare for the future in the career of your desire. But, don’t fret; you can still do all of the things listed above if you plan effectively.
Some of the things that I used to do were choose going out over homework, or watching a puzzling addictive reality show instead of studying for exams, which ended with results that I was not incredibly pleased with! What I learned is that if you don’t put in the time then you will not get the results that you want, and that is a rule of thumb for just about everything in life. Below you will find a step by step guide to improve your daily time efficiency.
Take these steps to improve your Time Management Skills:
1. For one week, carry around a small notebook or journal (or use a Smartphone) and just write down the things that you do each hour. (Ex: 1:00pm hang out with friends etc…)
2. On Sunday of the same week, sit down and take a look at what you do from day to day, compare how days are different and/or similar and then decide what things were unnecessary, what did you do too much of, did you study at all, how long did you study etc… these questions will help you to develop your plans and goals from here on out.
3. After the initial week of journaling, sit down and plan out your daily tasks, one week at a time doing so each Sunday
4. Try your best to stick to your daily and weekly plans & goals. This plan will develop you into a time cautious person and you will have a burning desire to utilize your time more efficiently.

Overall, when utilizing time to its fullest potential, the things that you can accomplish every day, week, month and year are limitless. Using time effectively has reduced my stress levels of feeling overwhelmed with tasks to complete, I have a vast amount of energy and when planned out, I accomplish so much more than if I just do things as the wind blows. I want you guys to take a step to better time management and too will feel a sense of liberation!

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