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Time Management: Don’t not only waste others’ time, but don’t waste your own!

Every second that ticks by on the clock is a second that you will never have again. Each minute that passes is one minute further into the future and away from the past. As human beings our brains are programmed to operate in the most efficient manner. We are constantly striving to learn more time effective strategies and operate in the most linear fashion.

Every day you will waste your time. Every day you will spend unnecessary time on your phone looking at social media, or having a full blown texting conversation when you could have used that time to complete an assignment or complete a task which you know you need to get done. We do this because the latter is less preferable. However, if you gave higher merit to the time which you are actually expunging, the perspective would be different.

A team is only as strong as its weakest link. This phrase often takes negative connotation. However, this term is not meant to discourage you. It is meant to bring you to the light of the real world. In the real world time is money. When you are at school, time is money. Every minute you sit in a class or lecture hall will cost you money. Because of this, not only should you be on time for others, like your professor who is teaching the class, or your peers who wait for you in the library to study, but you should be on time for yourself.

If your class begins at 9:00am, be in your seat by 8:55am at the latest. Take your notebook or computer out, write down the heading for the day and place your eyes on the professor in front of you.

Having patience is important, but being smart enough to know when you’re wasting your time is even more important. If you have a 2 hour study block with a classmate and they are more than 5 minutes late, you are no longer obligated to wait for them as now you have lost almost 5% of your time. That is the difference between an A and a B, and you know you want that A.

Bottom line is that while it is important to be mindful and respectful of others, it is equally as important to be mindful and respectful of yourself and your time, because after all you will not be getting it back!