Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? You may think to yourself, “if only I had 1 more hour then I could get everything done”. NEWS FLASH, there are enough hours in a day. We all have the same amount of time as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and the President. Many people are busier than us but still get more accomplished. The secret is it’s not about the amount of time we have, but rather how you use the time that is important.
Back in my college days, I thought I was a pro at juggling priorities. If friends asked me to hang out – no problem, homework could wait. I found myself forgetting things or feeling guilty because I hadn’t started my homework. It was hard to stay true to my word because I had no schedule or deadline. What I needed was a lesson in time management.
About 10 years ago I really began focusing on improving my time management skills. To maintain my daily schedule, I kept a planner where I’d track all my homework, appointments, upcoming events, and reminders. This method, though effective, was time-consuming and redundant. I grew tired of always re-writing my reoccurring weekly activities. That is when I started using google calendar.
Here is a very productive and busy example from Alex Filkouski, a Freshman at UW-Oshkosh. He was the #6 Cutco All-American Scholarship winner, out of 50,000 reps this past summer.
Now that you know why to use google calendar, here is a video on how to start creating your google calendar.
Now that you have your calendar set up. Here are some tips to get the most out of your calendar!
We all have 168 hours in a week. It’s how we use those hours that matters.
Let’s break down the week for a typical college student:
49 hours: Sleep 7 hrs/night (It’s healthy)
7 hours: Miracle Morning (1 hr/day)
7 hours: Exercise 1 hr/day (maybe not quite every day J)
14 hours: Eating 2 hours a day for meals and snacks (don’t forget that breakfast)
10.5 hours: Getting Ready for day & bed (assuming you don’t just roll out of bed 10 min. before classes start) (1 hr in morn and 30 min. at night)
5.5 hours: Church, clubs, and other groups you are a part of
18 hours: 18 credit hours (assuming you actually go to class)
15 hours: Study time/ homework (assuming you want to pass)
10 hours: Going out Friday and Saturday night (I’m sure you have friends)
10 hours: Spending time with your significant other a couple times a week (if this is non-existent, I’ve heard Tinder is a pretty easy way to find a date)
7 hours: Video games/TV (1 hour a day)
All Day: I’d schedule time for Instagram and Snapchat but you are already doing that while simultaneously doing many of the previous tasks.
Now this is just 153 of the 168 hours of the week. Most of these hours are pretty conservative and not everyone does all of this in their daily schedule. For example, how about the student that only has 12 credit hours, doesn’t do the Miracle Morning, and doesn’t have a significant other? That’s an extra 23 hours a week from the example above. Also, many of these tasks can be combined. An example of a combined task is someone who spends time with their significant other while having lunch or watching TV. Using the schedule above, there are still 15 hours left in your week to find something to do with. If you spend more time than suggested doing one of those activities, adjust accordingly.How Cutco reps can use those 15 hours a week to make money around school: 15 hours left (Team events -3 hours, 6 appointments completed –10 hours, 5 calls before & after each demo & 20 calls at team events already planted into time are 70 calls to set 7-10 appointments, P.C. & paperwork turn in – 1 hour, growing & getting better at job – 1 hour) 6 demos complete = 2 no salesX$17=$34, 4sales X $250 A. O. = $1000 at 10% is $100. An extra $134 a week is over $2,000 a semester as full-time college student.
To finish, I’d like to leave you with a thought:
Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever of this amount you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest your time so you can get the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running.