Self awareness is a skill of high importance and reflection, but not available as a high school or post-secondary elective.
There is no “right” way to learn this skill with its complexity and uniqueness to each individual, but it does require recognition and reflection to discover room for improvement in your all around habits.
This seems easy enough, planning out your day effectively, being productive. However, time management can be challenging to maintain and take advantage of.
In the perspective of self-awareness, time management is important in order to learn what balance of work, school and personal time can give you the most productive day.
The following will include examples of varying personalities in regards to time management.
Keep in mind that these examples are simply to draw a comparable vision for you to relate to either side of the spectrum.
- priorities (ex. school, work, friends)
- ability to focus
- ability to plan/schedule
- need for personal time (working out, meditation, self-care
- time spent towards friendships and relationship
These factors come in handy when recognizing how your schedule should be planned out. We all vary in the amount of time we put into each of these factors
For example, someone who values alone time and self-care time will allocate more time towards this, possibly reducing spent with friends.
Other factors that play into time management is your ability to focus. This impacts the way you allocate study time. For example, if you tend to get distracted often, you may assign an hour to studying, equating to someone who studies for thirty minutes without distraction.
Your need for personal time and quality time with friends/family is important.
Introverts, for example, could have more hours dedicated to themselves rather than spending time with friends/family. In contrast, an extrovert may want to see friends everyday without dedicating much time to themselves or studying.
It is crucial to understand yourself and find a balance between your responsibilities and wants in order to develop effective time management habits.
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Becoming aware of your everyday habits and behavior can be used to help reach your academic and personal goals.
Time management goes hand in hand with self awareness, and self-awareness goes along with academic success.
Once you can recognize your routine habits and needs, you can improve productivity by allocating a balanced amount of time between priorities and managing your day at a good pace.
Tip to remember:
Consistency is key and deciding to make a positive change begins with self awareness, recognizing where improvement is needed.