By Team Storm
“I don’t have enough time,” was a statement that I used to say very frequently. As a busy college student juggling a job, social life, school work, outside studying, even finding time for that wonderful mid-afternoon nap was a major struggle. I may have gotten my assignments done, but at what cost? I would push myself to the late hours of the night- just to wake up at 5:00 AM the next day, feeling drained and sluggish. I felt like I didn’t have any time for friends or even myself.
That was all two years ago when I attended my community college. Fast-forwarding to now, my life is much different (and a lot less stressful). If someone would have told me I could do 10 times as many things and have more time, I probably would’ve called them crazy. The LDP has taught me to prioritize not only my time, but others’ time. Learning how to prioritize and manage my time has made my life come to a complete 180. I prioritize each section of my life; school work; RSO’s; actuary studying; social time; meals; exercise; sleeping; even the occasional bonus nap. Having a priority list helps me not only accomplish my goals, but allows me to accomplish them efficiently. Prioritizing events and tasks allow me to be a more futuristic thinker and work on not only my career goals, but my personal ones. If it hadn’t been for this skill that the LDP taught me, I would be a nervous wreck about 99.87% of the time.
It is everybody’s dream to be able to rest and relax a bit after an exhausting day of work. Being able to lay down on the couch, put your feet up, turn the TV on and watch your favorite show or movie. However, something that I only learned recently is the importance of a good relaxation period. If you want to achieve success, that is. I learned that in the same way that we have to plan our work beforehand for it to turn out the best way possible, we have to do the same for our resting periods. Before, I would work on something non-stop, until the moment I got tired and couldn’t keep going. After that, I would take a moment to “rest” until I felt re-energized enough to go back to work.
However, what I noticed is that even after I stopped working, my mind would be busy thinking about what I had to do next, or if the things I was doing were good enough. I noticed that these thoughts in my head would consume the very energy I was trying to regain. That is when I started to plan my rest as well, and what I have noticed is that, though my resting time decreased, the quality has increased many times over. By planning my breaks, my productivity increased and my levels of stress and exhaustion decreased.
In the society we live in presently, everybody has twenty-four hours per day, regardless of whether you are rich, poor or in-between. So, the question we must ask ourselves is: How do I use my twenty-four hours? More importantly, what can I do to better myself and not only make my life flow smoothly, but achieve more? I personally find myself balancing and managing my life well, which allows me to venture further and be more involved in various places. I have my entire day planned out, from the necessities such as eating, down to the important meetings. This way, I can keep my head free from stress by remembering what I need to do in a day and into what more I can do in this day.
Currently, humanity has entered the Screen Age and it means precisely what it sounds like. People are looking at a digital screen for the large majority of their day. This is especially true for cellular devices, which are filled with distractions specifically engineered to grab someone’s attention. A study, conducted by Baylor University, found that the average college student spends 10 hours per day on their cell phone. Other studies find at least nine hours per day. At the end of each day, I review the amount of time I use my cell phone and determine if it was an excessive amount, and how I can use my phone less to be more productive instead. Nonetheless, having skills like time management, and working efficiently rather than working to stay busy are the key attributes that allow me to be involved in a broad range of activities.