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How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Managing Your Life

Make yourself a schedule. When I was in college, I had a 3x5 notecard that mapped out every day of the week in 15-minute intervals, including where I was going to be and what I was going to be doing. That way, I was never frazzled and never forgot anything because it was all written down and organized. Now, I’m not suggesting that you lead your lives by 3x5 cards (it seems a little constipated to me on a daily basis in your regular life). But in a situation like college, it really paid off.

Know what your goals are. You can’t go after what you want if you don’t know who you are or what your goals are.

Eliminate distractions. Put your phone on silent so you're not constantly interrupted by texts and emails. If someone walks in, tell them you’re busy and will be with them as soon as you finish.

Prioritize. You can never do everything you want to do in a given day. Ask yourself what really needs to be done.  

JUST DO IT. This is the part where most of you fail. You’re probably good at making the lists, organizing the priorities, and figuring out everything you have to do, but when it comes down to actually doing something, you procrastinate. Some of you procrastinate simply out of habit. Others of you procrastinate because you feel a need to be perfect. Subconsciously, you think, “If I’m not perfect, I won’t be loved.” However, that’s a really self-destructive way to go through life because perfection is unattainable. Besides, nobody loves people who think they’re perfect; they usually resent them or find them annoying.

Take regular breaks. A lot of people don’t understand that it’s not lazy to take breaks - it’s actually necessary. Your brain can only do so much for so long until your mind shuts down. Work for an hour and a half, and then take a 10- or 15-minute break. You’ll be more productive in the long run. 

Learn how to say “no”.  If you tell someone, No, I’m sorry I wish I could, but I can’t,” and they stop liking you, there are two words for them. One starts with an F and the second word is “THEM”. Those people are not your friends - they’re moochers.

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Tags: Attitude, Personal Responsibility, Stop Whining, Start Living, Stress, Tips, Values
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