You’ve probably said this over and over: “I don’t have time for this!” There are times where we do not have the time to do a task, because we already have our hands full with other projects. But then there are times, we need to make time to get a job done. We can’t make the excuse that we simply don’t have time to do it, so we have to find the time to get it done.
I teach English at an academy, in addition I am one of the academic directors at the school. As a teacher, I teach my classes, prepare my lessons, and carry out weekly/monthly administration duties. As a director, I test new students so I can determine their level; I put together and conduct workshops for the other teachers; I travel to attend conferences. On top of all that, I’m trying to finish my first novel, which I do in my spare time. It is impossible for me to do this at school, even during my lunch break (I only get thirty minutes before I teach my afternoon classes). So I have to make time. I want to get my novel finished before the start of 2014, and I’ll do whatever I have to get it done. Just like money, time has to be earned. You must make up time to accomplish an important job, even if that means sacrificing your spare time.
How do you make time? Here are six ways of doing so.
- Wake up an hour earlier during the week, and use that time to get something done.
- If possible, sacrifice your lunch hour. Instead of eating out, bring your lunch to work and use that time to finish a task while you eat.
- Dedicate an hour in the evening to something that HAS to be finished immediately.
- Forgo some of your usual after work/after school activities: going to the gym, hanging out with friends, etc. That time you spend on those things could be used for that very important project you normally “don’t have time for”.
- When the tasks pile up, be prepared to say “NO” to those plans, which CAN WAIT. Your friend, significant other will understand if you have something else which needs to be done. Just as long as you explain it to them ahead of time.
- On weekends, choose a day which you will dedicate to working on a project, which is difficult to commit to during the week. If you have to work on weekends, then choose a day during the week instead.
Heading to college this fall? I bet you can’t wait! And I bet you’re anxious to see yourself like this young lady in four years. It’s a great journey, and will be the best four years of your life. But don’t get too excited, because it’s hard work as well. I still remember my college years, and since my stories take place in college, I’d like to share some tips on how to survive the next four years of life.
I could write a book about this, but I will stick to the most important things you need to know.
- Choose wisely. A phrase which appears in my novel, which will help you throughout college. You need to choose the following with care: your classes; your class schedule; when and where you study; your major; your living arrangements; your study buddies. The list goes on.
- Your professors. They’re not going to remind you about deadlines. If you don’t care about your education, neither will they. They’re there to help, but it’s up to you to approach them for help. FYI, Do go to your professors for help, and introduce yourself to them during the first week of classes.
- Study a little bit every day. This will make things easier for you when deadlines suddenly begin to pile up, and believe me they will pile up!
- Watch how much you party. Don’t overdo it, especially if you have an 8am class the next morning. Balancing school work and a social life is one of the hardest things a college student has to do. But in the end, you need to ask yourself which in the long run is more important to you.
- Invest in a planner, and write down all the important deadlines for your courses. This way, you will know what’s coming up each week. Again, no one else will remind you, and you don’t want to suddenly discover you have a four-page essay due the next day – and you haven’t even started it yet!
- Take at least one day off during the week. By this I mean, a day that’s for you so you can recharge – no school work or studying. I suggest taking Sundays off.
- Don’t get a part-time job in college, unless you really need the money. Having a part-time job leaves you with less time to study.
- You’re not in high school anymore. You’ve probably heard this already, and you’ll hear plenty of more times. What you did or who you were doesn’t matter in college. Don’t let the fact that you were student council president think that you’re better than those in college. This is a great way to make the upperclassmen turn their noses up at you.
So I wish you all the very best as you begin your new life in college. Work hard, but do enjoy all the social events that come with it.