What I Wish I Knew in College: Creating Time 1 of 4

What I Wish I Knew in College: Creating Time 1 of 4

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Creating Time is a solution grounded in knowledge of self, time, and potential expressed in the following:

  • Balance can fit your goals, your needs, and your personality into a neat package of consistency.
  • Respect your time by accounting for wait times, noting time increments, and saving time whenever possible.
  • Recognize your control over time through presence, purpose, and scaffolding.

The Opening

You can create more time when you realize the time you waste. Your task after realization is reclamation. Then, the fun begins. The perception of time is an integral construct of human psychology. The potential of time mastery is to intentionally control a critical element of mental process and behavior. This is the central lesson of time management—to see moments as valuable and collections of moments as power. Make no mistake, this is power to expand your mind and create habits of behavior that promote your success in any endeavor.

Balance

One of the most important gifts you can give yourself is balance. Your balance can fit your goals, your needs, and your personality into a neat package of consistency. Consistency is the currency of progress and productivity, the results of discipline. Your task is to make the behavioral connection between consistency and joy, desire, and authenticity. This balance will create time.

Goals are those aspirations you have for life. They are the typical achievements but also the virtues and strengths that define you. Like what your obituary will say. Not the written one in the newspaper, but the one exemplified by the people who attend your funeral, the stories they tell their children about you, and the legacy you leave behind.

Refuse to let goal-seeking keep you from living. Practice engagement and interaction with people who demonstrate balance. Bring your goals under the subjection of your joy and satisfaction. Prioritize joy even in challenging situations. For example, term papers are not just about the goal of completing a course. With joy as priority, they become an opportunity for external motivation to research a topic in which you are interested. Your satisfaction is more important than the goal. The goal is still present and important, but it is not expected to drive you toward completion. In truth, it is a poor and inconsistent motivator.

Needs. Acknowledge and own your needs. They express as limitations or fatal flaws. Most of us consider hiding them or changing them. I say shine light on them, call them out, and integrate them into the process of balance. Everything in moderation. Every choice a sustainable choice within the context of your developing legacy.

Your needs are those insistent character traits including flaws. They shape who you are just as much as goals do. Without attention, they threaten your moods and your progress. Bring them into the equation and manage them expertly. Otherwise, they become chronic and unrelenting outsizing and distorting the straightforward path in pursuit of your dreams. Without this discipline, needs become a waste of time. You spend time stressing, regretting, and wondering what could have been. Don’t allow needs to be a drag on your dreams.

Personality is what we know to be You. It is that part of your character that makes you unique. Give yourself the permission to be yourself. I’m convinced that many will have to do the work to find themselves first, but, once You are known, you can find and practice balance.

We often discuss this knowledge of self and permission as authenticity. Contrary to the view of some, this authenticity allows for a greater engagement with others rather than an isolation of self. Only the time wasters are set aside when authenticity expresses itself. Discernment is heightened. Trust is rightly placed. Investments are made with the certain expectation of return. Authenticity enables you to seek out new ways to share as well as novel ways to care and show gratitude. Each of these are prescriptions as well as promises of authenticity.

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