Wellness Wednesday: Time Management and Procrastination

Hey folks, it the middle of the week and you know what that means- Wellness Wednesday’s here again! This Wednesday is dedicated to the twins that are Time Management and Procrastination. Heard of them? They don’t really get along. When Time Management is good, Procrastination gets upset and hides, but comes out to play when Time Management decides to misbehave.

So, what is Time Management?images (1)

Time management is the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively, especially at work. As a member of ALA, this means carving out time for both work and play. That’s right…in ALA it’s good to balance things out, have time to study for that Econ test but also have time to watch the new episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Why pay attention to Time Management?

Here’s a nifty trick to get people to do something, show the downsides of not doing something and that should get more people on board to do stuff (you’re welcome…this will come in handy in E.L)

Not managing your time well has many downsides. Some of which are: missing out on glorious sleep to catch up with work (or leisure), being disorganized (it’s not a pretty sight) and a lower quality of work produced (no one wants to get a “D” on a Maths test because they didn’t set aside enough time to study).

On the brighter side of things, there are many perks to managing time wisely: lower stress levels, adequate sleeping hours, having time for leisure, good quality of work (and play) and lower stress levels (yes…it’s repeated for emphasis).

How can you manage your time wisely?

After looking at the benefits of good time management and the consequences of  bad time management, you should all want to manage their time wisely (we hope.) So, here are some ways to effectively manage time:

1. Have some sort of timetable to plan how you spend your time out of school hours each week. Prioritize work and play based on importance, deadlines and the time it will take to do them effectively.

2. Use times already allocated to work (classes, prep) effectively so that those assignments and tests don’t come haunting you during a Tamasha party or open mic event.

On to the next one,

Procrastination.

What is procrastination?

Besides being something you really don’t want to do whilst in ALA (and most other places), procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. Remember you going to study for that biology test in the next five minutes that turned into the next ten, then an hour, then a day and–oh look there’s a test paper in front of you! That was you procrastination at work.

Procrastination-Cycle

Why shouldn’t you procrastinate?

Let’s try drawing up mental chain, shall we? Procrastinating leads to piling up things, which leads to stress, which leads to low quality work (and play), which leads to mediocre results (which we don’t want none of) and finally to disappointment (and no one like being disappointed, especially by themselves.)

How can you avoid procrastination?

1. Remember the part that talks about “how can you manage your time wisely?”? This is a good time to scroll back up and read it again.

2. Visualize the advantages of doing something right now rather than later. It’s much better to  be struggling to stay up to watch a movie than to do your homework, so do that work. Don’t procrastinate!

Good Luck with your Time Management, and with avoiding procrastination! Know any other ways to manage time wisely and to not procrastinate? Share, Share!

Have a great Wellness Wednesday!

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