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4 Time Management Exercises for Young Adults for Ultimate Efficiency

time-managementWish that your teenagers had better time management skills? Or perhaps you’re a young adult who needs help balancing lots of different activities in your life? Well, good news − there are lots of exercises out there to help you improve your time management abilities. Follow a few easy tips and you’ll be able to plan each minute of your day.

Quit Procrastinating!

This tip is mostly for parents. Have all of your teens sign a form that says they’re not going to procrastinate anymore. This can be great for teenagers who are always stressing themselves out the night before a project is due. However, there’s a twist to it – have them come up with their own punishments for any instance when they break the promise. That way, they know exactly what the consequences will be so it’s a fair punishment.

And if you’re the one in the habit of procrastinating, use this trick against yourself!

Practice Using Planners

Using a planner is a great way to deal with these time management issues, so if you don’t have one, make sure to invest in one now. As soon as it’s in your hands, write down everything that you need to do, when to start it, and when it needs to be done. Exercising your planner-utilizing abilities right away means that you’re going to have a much better chance of using it again in the future. Plus with all of your activities and deadlines mapped out, you’ll know precisely when your appointments take place.

Start Timing Yourself

To avoid being stressed from a difficult time crunch, figure out how long it takes to complete tasks by timing yourself. Start with some basic tasks. Let’s say that within the next 90 minutes, you want to clean the bathroom, fix the printer, and put an envelope in the mail. Give yourself 45 minutes to clean the bathroom, 35 minutes to fix the printer, and five minutes to head down the block to the mailbox. None of these are life-changing tasks, but they’re important enough that they’ll make you want to get them done. By employing these simple tactics, you’ll learn how to manage your time better.

Understand Priorities

It can be very hard to critique yourself. You might not want to believe that there is anything wrong with your methods, or you may just genuinely not see where problems exist. Try to understand your priorities by being completely open with someone in your life who is very honest about them. Do the dreadful task and ask for their honest opinion. Who knows? You may be vindicated, or you may be in for a rude awakening.

Time management skills are some of the hardest to learn. In a way, they’re both concrete and abstract. But if you implement these strategies and get into a routine, you’ll find that it’s much easier to do. Practice makes perfect!

About the Author

Renee Marimba is a naval academy student. In her free time, she enjoys writing about fitness, organization, travel, and Top Online Military Friendly Colleges.

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2 Responses to '4 Time Management Exercises for Young Adults for Ultimate Efficiency'

  1. Shenoi says:

    I have a habit of preparing a to-do list on every day. Having a to-do list of the most important tasks of the day has helped me stay focused on what must be done and what must be avoided.

    To make such list, I rarely use calendars. But, I always prefer to use my application ( http://www.replicon.com/time-tracking-softwares.aspx )to set time to complete each task. I try and break down my big term project or tasks and determine what I can get done for the day.

    • Lisha says:

      Hey Shenoi. I completely agree that having a to-do list each day really keeps you focused on what’s important and what really needs to get done that day. Thanks for sharing the tool you use. I actually just use those cheap 99 cent wall calendars and little notepads, hehe 😉 But that’s really cave-man-like of me. There are so many great time management tools out there now, it’s amazing!

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