By Cristina Tejeda Smith-Cotton High School
January 10, 2014
Its 8:20 in the morning and the final bell has rung for the school day to begin. Students are in their first period classes. You’re in Ms. O’Neil’s Algebra 2 class in the middle of a perfectly good algebraic lesson when a student rushes in with disheveled clothing and promoting a new hairstyle called bedhead. Ms. O’Neil counts the student tardy and we all move on with the lesson.
That student will continue to always be late throughout the year and later on in life will most likely be late to the most important interview that their lives depend on because they never learned one of the most important qualities you will need throughout your life: time management.
Time management is the key to the door for a successful life while in college or in high school. A study by the University of West Virginia notes there are only eight techniques you need to have in order to have good time management qualities:
• Make a schedule
• Make a “to do list” every day
• Concentrate on the task at hand
• Study in short-term blocks
• Use spare minutes wisely
• Reward yourself
• Don’t waste time agonizing
• Keep things in perspective
Following these recommendations doesn’t mean you will automatically have good time management, but giving them a test try will surely help you improve upon them.
Time management isn’t for everyone. In “20th Century Kids vs. 21st Century Kids,” the article states that teenagers in the 21st century generally like to go with the flow, procrastinate and are just plain lazy. Going with the flow isn’t a wrong thing; some teens don’t like being under the pressure that high school and college may bring them. These particular teens just want to be laid back and carefree. This “go with the flow” attitude may work for some teenagers, but other teens prefer the structure that time management gives them.
Being on time and managing everything you do throughout the day will help you improve your quality of life and help you become the best you can be.
As the school day ends and the next day begins, maybe that kid who is always late to class will set his alarm and be on time to Ms. O’Neil’s Algebra 2 Class. Then maybe later on in life he will make it to that interview on time.