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52 CHAPER W O Making the Most of Your Time to take into account your strengths, weaknesses, and values. You also need to try to answer the question "Who am I?" in order to ensure that your priorities are optimal for you. ▸ Reconsider Your Personal Style of Time Management. We've outlined one method of time management. Although it works well for most people, it isn't for everyone. Some people just can't bring themselves to be so structured and scheduled. They feel hemmed in by to-do lists. If you're one of those people, fine. You don't need to follow the suggestions presented in this chapter exactly. In fact, there are lots of other aids to manage your time. Software companies produce time management apps, and you can keep your calendar in Microsoft's Outlook or Apple's Calendar. In addition, publishing com- panies produce elaborate hard-copy planners, such as Day-Timers. "Our costliest expenditure is time." Theophrastus, quoted in Diogenes Laertius's Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, tr. R.D. Hicks, (1925). Loeb Classical Library. Managing your time effectively will allow you to make the most of every moment, helping you accomplish the things that are most important to you. Iamieilletty Images However you choose to manage your time, the important thing is to do so consistently. And remember that whatever approach to time management you take, it will work best if it is compatible with your own personal values and strengths. Keep experimenting until you find an approach that works for you. ▸ Consider Doing Less. If you keep falling behind, do less. There are only 24 hours in the day, and we need to sleep for about one-third of the time. In the remaining hours, it simply may be impossible to carry a full load of classes and work full-time and care for a child and still have some time left to have a normal life. Consequently, if you consistently fall behind in your work, it may be that you are doing too much. Reassess your goals and your priorities, and make choices. Determine what is most important to you. It's better to accomplish less, if it is accomplished well, than to accomplish more, but poorly. ▸ Do More. Although it is a problem that many of us would envy, some people have too much time on their hands. Their classes may not be too demanding, or work demands may suddenly slacken off. If this happens to you, take advantage of your time. For example, you might use the extra time to simply relax and enjoy your more unhurried existence. There is a good bit to be said for having time to let your thoughts wander. We need to take time out to enjoy our friends, admire the flowers in the park, exercise, consider the spiritual side of our lives, and the like. On the other hand, if you consistently have more time than you know what to do with, reflect on what you want to accomplish and add some activities that help you reach your goals. For example, consider becoming involved in a service-learning activity. Volunteer your time to the community. Talk to your academic advisor about taking an extra course during the next term. But whatever you decide to do, make a real decision. Don't let the time slip away. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Teaching Tip: Refer back to the activities done to assess whether there is time to "do more." Just as important, discuss the difference between engagement and simply scheduling activities. The energy needed for success is entirely different.

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