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Time Management

Time is the one resource that is distributed equally to all people. It doesn’t matter where you live, what you do for a living, or how much money you make. Every person gets only 24 hours in a day. Often success depends on what you do with those 24 hours. How often have you heard someone say “I save time by taking shortcuts”? Can a person really “save” time? You cannot put it in the bank for later use like money. Once the time passes, it is used or gone. It cannot be retrieved. So if our success depends on what we do during those 24 hours, what can a person do to make better use of that time?

One of the best methods to manage time more efficiently is to establish a routine. There are tasks that each person needs to complete daily. These tasks could range from going to work to taking out the garbage. Some of the tasks are very important. Others are sometimes considered nuisances that one wishes he/she could ignore but cannot.

The first step to establishing a routine is to write down all of the tasks you need to complete. People in general do this more often than they think. One of the most common examples would be writing down doctors’ appointments on a calendar so they will not be forgotten. The problem arises though when people are not consistent in writing down all of the tasks or appointments that need to be finished. A list needs to be completed daily. This list could be written the night before or first thing in the morning. A “To Do” list is easy to create. However, this is not the only way you can create a schedule of what needs to be completed or achieved!

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This program was developed by the West Virginia State Department of Education, the West Virginia Workplace Education Program, and the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) V.