Reading a million books about time management won’t help you solve your problems. Learn how to say no instead. When you struggle with time management you feel drained. You have too many tasks to complete, and you complete them with 75% effort. You feel rushed. That is no way to approach life! Choose your endeavors and commit to them with 125%!
I used to be late to everything all the
Late for cross country practice
Late for tutoring sessions
Late for meeting up with a friend
I would procrastinate way too many times. This left me distracted and unable to attain sufficient sleep. I would wake up the next day lethargic, and continue to show up late. It was a never ending cycle.
My high school government teacher lit a fire to fix this problem. He told me “how can you place high on your track races, but be last to class?” I laughed about it back then but he was right. The effort I put into my sport has to reflect how I act in other areas of life. I would always stroll in a minute or two late to late to his class. It was disrespectful to everyone else who had their act together; they were able to wake up early and get to class on time but I couldn’t. I frantically searched the web for time management tips.
There will always be excuses:
I just didn’t have the time to leave earlier
I overslept I’m sorry
I was too busy playing on my phone
I was too spread out and this was leaving me drained. I procrastinated because I “deserved a break.” This was a key reason for why I was late. All of the time management tips I found weren’t working for me, except the “no” rule.
Now I can balance working a part time job while being a student athlete at New York University. Not only do I balance all three, (work, academics, athletics) but I thrive.
If you have the same problem that I had here’s an easy fix: Learn your new favorite word: “no” This is the golden rule for time management tips.
No, I’m busy
No, I don’t want to do that
No, I have to get work done
You should only yes to requests that enrich you. Say yes to something that leads to positive results. If you say “yes” to everything you turn into a people pleaser. People will take advantage of you because they know you will say yes to any request of theirs.
Starting tomorrow I want you to use this piece of advice. It’ll be hard to do if you say “yes” all the time right now. I was afraid of hurting peoples feelings. I felt that if I did a troublesome favor, it would somehow payoff. Focus on your priorities first. You need to take care of yourself before you decide to save the world. There’s nothing wrong with helping others, but don’t let people take advantage of you.
Stranger: Hey, I know we just met… but can I borrow your truck for tonight and tomorrow?
Stranger: Why Not?
You: I value my time, Mr. Stranger.
This is a key part of time management tips. When you say “no” you’ll feel stronger. You’ll show your respect to yourself. You’ll have more energy to focus on your deadlines. If someone told you that you should give up what would you say?