Staying organized is hard for almost all of us, especially when we wear so many hats. There have been days that I wouldn’t have any idea what to do or where to be from one minute to the next without a planner.
I’ve got good news for you, though. Time management is easier than you think. In fact, you can make time management as easy as A-B-C!
I’ll explain the ABC Method, then give a free printable at the end (so stick with me)!
Who needs time management?
We all do!
Before I started blogging, I worked in higher education for 16 years both teaching college courses and in a program designed to help high school students prepare for and be successful in college. Time management is difficult for everyone, but it’s like pulling teeth with high school and college students!
As a tidbit, did you know that the number one reason students are not successful in college is poor time management? It’s not that they aren’t smart enough or that they don’t want it bad enough. It’s not even that they aren’t willing to work hard enough. It’s that they don’t know how to prioritize and manage their time.
My guess is that poor time management plays a big role in most adults not reaching their goals as well. We have to think smarter, not harder! Time management makes us more effective at everything we do.
Pop quiz! What do these people have in common: Bill Gates, Oprah, Martha Stewart, Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman), and you? Yes, and you. They all have the same number of hours in each day!
The A-B-C Method
The ABC Method of time management works with students and adults alike. It teaches you to make decisions about priorities and to follow through with them. I need to say, though, that without self-discipline to see it through, nothing will help you manage your time.
The premise of the ABC Method is insanely easy! Each day, jot down everything you need to accomplish. Then, label each item with an A, B, or C.
- A items must be done that day (for example, a doctor’s appointment, test in a class, or student-teacher conference).
- B items need to be finished within 3-4 days, but don’t necessarily have to be done now (for example, find sources for a school paper or reorganize the hallway closet).
- C items include everything else (pretty much all the things you want to do).
The first few days of using this method aren’t pleasant because you rarely get to do the C items that are fun. However, once you get past that initial hump, you’ll get so much accomplished every single day that you end up having MORE free time! Just stick with it and give it a try.
Time Management as Easy as A-B-C!
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