Finding Time

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    Posted on Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
    Reflecting back on 2016, I realized there were more things that I wanted to do but didn’t. I wanted to wake up early and watch the sun rise as I kayaked on Lake Brian. I wanted to travel to Sugar Loaf Mountain and stand at the top in order to look down and appreciate the vast Texas land for all its beauty. I wanted to sign up for a half-marathon, train myself, and then cross the finish line with a feeling of accomplishment. I wanted to take a spontaneous road trip with only a map and a yearning to discover the undiscovered. And so much more. All of these things I wanted to do, but didn’t. Why? Because I was “too tired” or had “too much homework.” Inexcusable excuses!

    As a student, it is so easy to get lost in the grind of school work and organizational responsibilities. I, for one, am guilty of it. As a senior in college, who is currently taking 18 hours, working as a Transfer Student Peer Mentor, serving as a Teacher’s Assistant for Rhetoric Communication, and being involved in Aggie Angels, finding down time is a bit difficult. However, since my time at Texas A&M, I have learned the importance of finding time for the things I value. As a result, I have made my 2017 New Year’s Resolution to find more time.

    In order to prioritize my time, I decided to make a list of the things I value:

    1. Experience
    2. Discovery
    3. Knowledge

    I want to experience new places, people, and things so that I can discover new truths and become more knowledgeable about who I am and the world I live in. In order to do so, I made a pact with myself at the beginning of the semester to find the time to do something new every single weekend. But how? Aren’t I busy with school already? Don’t I have other organizational responsibilities that I should focus on too? Will this yearning for adventure be what spirals me down toward an inability to maintain a good GPA and finally graduate in May? The answer is no, as long as I find time the right way.

    What is the right way, you ask? After 7 semesters of college, I have discovered a few secret tips for time management survival:
    • Carry an agenda - Write down what you need to achieve that day and do it.
    • Always follow the syllabusNever get off track with the days certain chapters or assignments are due! This could backfire and result in cramming week’s worth of material in a single weekend.
    • Stay away from Netflix - I know we all turn on Netflix with the intention of only watching a single episode. Next thing we know it is 5 hours later and we have officially finished watching The Office for the 17th time in a row.

    Incorporating these effective time management skills into my daily life will help minimize the time I spend doing homework on the weekend, which will give me more time for fun activities! Everybody loves fun activities, right?!

    By the end of the semester, I want to say I woke up early to kayak across Lake Brian in order to watch the sunrise. I want to say that I stood at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and looked down upon the open lands. I want to say that I completed a half-marathon (and didn’t die in the process).  I want to say that I hopped in my car with nothing but a will to go and a desire for adventure. By the end of this semester, I want to be able to say, “Yes, I did those things.”

    by Holly Meyer, College of Liberal Arts
    Photo attribution: http://www.runmum.com/2015/01/28/finding-time-workout/