I will reflect on how I manage time and work on daily basis.
I am an IB student. I am a traditional Japanese dancer. I am the leader of ARC. I am a basketball player. I am a part of dragon council. I take part in MUN. I also take part in volunteer tour guide for foreigners. I am a member of HOPE. I am an ensemble member of the high school production. I do part-time jobs. I am a sister, a daughter and I am a friend.
As I listed all the things I do and have been doing for at least the last couple of months, I have exhausted myself. The list continues since there are many ongoing projects right now. For instance, I am planning two fundraisers, a Japanese traditional dance performance, and a birthday party within this month.
I am a busy person who is constantly out. I am always busy during the week and especially weekends. However, I never forget to have a time for myself to hang out with my friends and be part of my family. The only reason I can manage all this is that I have an organized system of planning ahead. I have a planner that I keep all my schedules and to-do list in. It is color coordinated and a column to write hourly plans in. I would never be able to be organized without my precious planner. I also log my sleeping time as sleeping is a crucial part of mental and physical health. The habit of planning ahead had been a part of me since the freshman year of high school. I used to plan the tiniest thing hourly because I wanted to do so much in a limited amount of time. I would plan ahead the minutes of which I ate and the seconds at which I use the restrooms. Unfortunately, now the environments have changed, the insanely detailed plan is no longer possible to follow. However, I still plan the approximate hour I would spend on a particular project depending on the prioritized list. The planning not only keeps me organized but also keeps me motivated and focused.
I also plan ahead in order to achieve my two goals and 2017 new year’s resolution, which were:
- have a study day every week ( study intensely without doing anything else)
- sleep at least 6 hours a day
- be punctual and responsible
So far, I have been able to achieve the goals almost every day/week. I am very proud of this because I used to be very unorganized, hence unpunctual nor reliable.
To an extent, the experience taught me that time is precious because I usually have less time than I need and I am can only deal with it through an effective planning process. I also found reliability in myself and therefore I have much more self-confidence.