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Time Management Activities For Adults

Time Management Activities for Adults

We are all under a very wrong notion that money is the scarcest resource for us. If money gets over, you can work and make more money, isn't it? Yes, you might have to work harder; but, the resource can be enriched and made again.

Whereas, think of time! Time is available in limited amounts, and the time available to each of us is the same; 24 hours a day; not an instant more not in an instant less. There is no way you can make more time. Even if you choose to give someone all your wealth, you cannot buy time. So, then time is the scarcest resource for us.

Using a scarce resource well and prudently is the way of a smart thinker. With the same time available to each of us, how is it that some end up doing nothing and some end up doing everything? The latter set of people is highly skilled in time management, that's all.

This article is aimed at giving you some ideas on various activities you can try so that you will learn to manage your time better.

Before I give you some activities to improve time management skills, let us look at the different categories of people based on how they manage their time. Depending on your nature, you can place yourself in the appropriate category.

Types of people based on time management skills

The Perfectionist ­­­­– Perfectionists are people so caught up in arranging and rearranging their priorities that they forget to focus on the actual task

The Slob – Slobs are people who are in constant disarray; they neither prioritize nor do they focus on the task

The Doer – Doers are people who focus only on the task at hand and never take time out to prioritize.

The Time Manager – Time managers are people who prioritize their tasks as well as focus on the present task and complete it satisfactorily.

Your aim should be to become the time manager and avoid falling into the other three categories.

Time Management Activities for Adults

Activity for breaking bad habits – This exercise aims at helping you bread bad habits so that the time saved can be used productively. As you do this exercise, you will realize that poor time management skills are not inherited; they are just an accumulation of bad habits. As you remove bad habits with good ones, your time management skills automatically become better.

What to do:

Start with an empty sheet of paper. In fact, keep it handy near your bed. Keep a pen along with it.

As soon as you get up, make a note of the time. Your next agenda would be a bathroom visit, right? Make a note of the time when you entered the bathroom; finished your morning rituals including brushing, bathing, washing, getting dressed, etc. When you are ready for breakfast, make a note of the time again.

Like this, as diligently as you can, make a note of every activity you perform during the day and how long each took to be completed. Don't judge anything right now. Simply make observations and note them down; remember it is important to get the time also recorded.

Just before you sleep, read your notes. Divide the activities into "necessary activities" and "unnecessary activity." Calculate the time you took for the necessary activities and unnecessary activities. You will be flabbergasted at the amount of time you spend doing unnecessary activities.

Now is the time to relook at the list. Have you been honest about the necessary and unnecessary activities? Have some of them exchanged places by error or otherwise? Make any necessary corrections and calculate the time again. The time under the unnecessary activities column has to be put to better use. These are habits you need to change.

Be conscious of these activities and learn to avoid them and replace with some productive work. With dedicated practice, you will soon learn to change bad habits.

How to deal with distractions – This activity aims to help you identify and manage the various distractions vying with each other to attract your attention. Tackling your distractions helps you manage your time more efficiently and helps you stay focused on the job at hand.

Distractions are all the more agonizing when you use the same resource for doing multiple activities. For example, you use your computer to do research work and also for social media. So, you would have these social media notifications hitting your screen all the time.

Another example is the place that you study in; you are studying in your dorm room where your friends can be a distraction and the inviting warm bed can be a distraction.

What to do:

Again use your time log that you created in the previous exercise. For every necessary activity, make a note of the place and the elements that are distracting you.

Alternately, you could be doing two things simultaneously; like watching television and reading your lessons. Make notes of these clearly in your time log.

At the end of the day, look at the time log and identify the distractions. Look at them objectively and see how you can overcome them. For example, if you are reading your lesson and watching television, the television is a huge distraction that is eating into your productivity and focus. Switch it off. However, if you are thinking about what happened in class and making a mental note of the key points discussed while you are jogging or working out in the gym, then it is fine.

Here are some of the top distractions that you have to be wary of along with a remedy for it:

Messaging, phone calls, texts, and emails – Switch off your mobile phone and log out of your email account while you are engaged in study or other such constructive activity

Social networking – There are software applications that help you manage and restrict the amount of time you spend on social media platforms such as Facebook. Use these apps for a little while to help you break from the bad habit. Soon you will realize the freedom that breaking from social media gives you and you will happily change your habit.

Television – Record your favorite programs so you can watch them during your leisure time. Be conscious of reaching for the TV remote every time you walk into your room and remember not to reach out for it.

Tidying up your room – The thought of having to tidy up your room comes up with uncanny perfection exactly at the time you choose to study. Get into the habit of tidying up your room after lunch when your brain is at its sluggish best. Then this reason will not exist when you sit down to study.

Like this, identify and tackle your distractions. Managing and restricting distractions is a key element to improving your focus and productivity both of which you need in plenty not just in college but throughout your life.

Activities to help you get organized – Keeping yourself and your surroundings organized helps you become more productive as you will not be wasting time and energy looking for things like your files and folders.

Your workspace – Choose a workplace that is most suitable for you. Your college library is a great place because, in addition to the peace and quiet needed for your study, distractions will be completely absent. However, you must ensure that you take all the materials that you will need for your work.

Think about all aspects of the particular task at hand and then make your choice. If for example, you need to have access to plenty of your notes that are in your room, then, perhaps, the library is not such a good place. So, think about it and then make your choice.

Make sure you are comfortably seated with access to nearly everything close at hand. An uncomfortable seating arrangement can lower focus and productivity considerably.

Final Notes

All these activities take time and effort from your end to achieve perfection. But, making a beginning itself is a great thing. As you become more conscious of your bad habits and your distractions, you will realize that overcoming them is not a big deal at all.

We, at Prescott Papers, empathize with your situation. Time is indeed scarce and our experts would love to help you save some time by taking on the burden of helping you complete all kinds of writing assignments. Do call us for custom essays, for projects, etc.

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