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Time management & productivity.

Hello, folks. Tonight’s post will be about effective time management.

I hold punctuality in high regards. It could be showing up to class, picking up a date, going to work, meeting a person at a specific location, or any other reason. From my experiences, promptness reflects a person’s attitude toward both the task at hand and his/her attitude in life.

Time management plays a direct role in many of my every day activities. I’ll provide an example here:

I always wake up an hour before class time. Suppose my first class is at 9:00am. I’ll have the alarm set at 8:00am. I’m out of my bed by 8:05am, driving off 20 minutes later, and on school grounds at 8:45am (at the latest). I forgot to mention: I eat a complete breakfast, do my daily bathroom routine, pack my food and school work, and check my e-mail.

The small things that count: I’m going to steal a slang term called “double dipping,” for it perfectly describes what I do. Double dipping means “the practice of receiving compensation, benefits, etc. from two or more sources in a way regarded as unethical.” This statement holds true, except my actions aren’t unethical; rather, it is productive.

The analysis:

  1. When I jump out of bed, I turn on the computer. While it is loading up, I’m taking a pee in the bathroom
  2. Afterward, I’m back in my room right when the computer finishes booting up. Upon logging in, I enter the kitchen.
  3. I eat my usual breakfast of oatmeal and milk. While it is in microwave for 01:45 minutes, I’m back in the bathroom washing my face.
  4. While I am eating the delicious breakfast in my room, I’m also checking Gmail, Facebook, and Tumblr.
  5. If I need to refill my gallon of water, I’ll have it automatically and slowly filled up while I’m washing the dishes. I’ll also brush my teeth afterward, and come back to the kitchen right when it’s filled to the brim.
  6. As my computer is shutting down, I take a fish oil caplet and pack my school stuff into my backpack.

All of these are examples of double dipping. I’m covering two or more tasks at once to save time. Now, let’s take a look at my daily adventure of driving to school.

  1. As I’m pulling out of the driveway, I’m taking my iPod out of the glove compartment.
  2. As I’m attaching it to the mp3 auxiliary jack with both hands, I’m driving down the street with my knees controlling the steering wheel.
  3. As I’m controlling the iPod with one hand to select Shuffle, the other hand is putting on my seat belt. I’m still driving with my knees.
  4. If I have a test in my first class, I occasionally sing loudly while cruising at the speed limit to school. On roads with extraordinarily slim chances of a motorcycle cop ruining people’s days, I speed. Think of a fairly high two-digit number; it may very well be the speed I am traveling at.
  5. If the mood strikes, I apply cologne while waiting before a red light.

By reading these 10 examples I have provided, you might get a sense of how I operate on a daily basis. By the way, I am NOT endorsing, promoting, or encouraging any of you to follow the latter 1-4 examples.

I purposefully provided an insignificant routine in my life and described it to the fullest extent. Folks, try to see my point. Stop and think about your lack of time to engage in any task(s), if applicable. Now, reflect on my scene and examples. Is there something, anything you could do to make room for it? Going back to my last blog post, I don’t believe that excuses are relevant in an ideal world.

Experiences of myself and others who manage time wisely:

  1. When Rico and I used to go to the gym at 4:30am in the morning, we witnessed high school athletes working out before school. We saw businessmen in the locker room headed to work after a tough workout.
  2. Two days out of the week, I have four classes back-to-back from 9:00am-3:00pm. I chow down my meals while walking from one class to the next.
  3. A classmate of mine has a 40 minute timeline to walk to her car and drive from Fullerton College to Cal State Long Beach; she takes classes at both schools. To the best of my knowledge, she has never been late.
  4. Many people get school work done in the cafeteria as they are eating.
  5. I know someone that is taking 22 units. 15 of those units comprise of 3 5-unit courses, with weekly lab hours. I have no idea how she survives, but she’s maintained a 3.8 GPA.

Get the job done, folks. You’re perfectly capable of doing so.

Thank you for reading.

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