I. Purpose Statement/Central Idea: The purpose of my speech is to inform my audience the importance of time management and how to use their time wisely. I will discuss how to manage time by identifying time wasters and procrastination, how to set goals, and how to keep the right perspective when facing tasks that require time management.
II. Attention Getter: Dr. Seuss once wisely remarked, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” (BrainyQuote, n.d.).
III. Introduction: Time management is something that we all have to learn as adults, especially as college students, weather we like it or not. Just like you, I too have mountains of homework and classes to attend, and I have the same 24-hour day that you do. I also am a single mother of 2 children and going through the hiring process of one of our local law enforcement agencies. While I can’t say that I have mastered the art of time management, I have learned somethings from research and my own experience to help me make the most of my day. To do that it is important that we learn how to manage our time. We will learn how to manage our time by identifying time wasters including procrastination, setting goals, and keeping the right perspective.
IV. Body (transition – First, let’s talk about time wasters and procrastination.)
A. Before we can improve our time management skills, we have to understand where our time is going.
1. In the article “How to Manage Time with 10 Tips that Work” from Entrepreneur.com, the first step in managing your time is to write down what activities you do during a week’s time (Mathews, Debolt, & Percival, n.d.).
2. One of the most common ways to procrastinate or waste time is the internet. Business News Daily reported in 2013 that the average Internet user spends 23 hours a week online. That is 14% of your total time during the week (Mielach, 2013).
3. A really simple way to see where your time online is spent is to use a tracking application like RescueTime. According to a review by PC World, this application can be downloaded through Google Chrome and tracks the amount of time you spend on each site (Zukerman, 2013). My own experience has proved to me that this app is all you need to convince yourself to kick your Facebook habit and put a stop to procrastination.
B. Now that we have talked about identifying time wasters and procrastination, let’s see how setting goals can help us make the most of our time. Successful time management depends on setting realistic goals.
1. Be sure when you set goals for yourself that they are realistic. Dr. Traci Stein, PhD writes, “one of the simplest but most effective strategies is to break large, daunting goals into discreet, manageable tasks. Completing each task gives us evidence of success, and decreases the anxiety related to the larger aim” (Stein, 2013).
2. In my research, I have found that when setting goals make them S.M.A.R.T. – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. An article called “Personal Goal Setting” from MindTools.com points out that using these criteria to set goals will help them be more powerful in the long run (Personal Goat Setting, n.d.).
3. For example, the next time you sit down to work on your homework, rather that saying “I want to get everything done now!” try using the SMART goal strategy. Plan to study for your coming exam for an hour and 30 minutes writing the outline on our next speech. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
C. Now that we have discussed identifying time wasters and procrastination, and setting realistic goals, let’s discuss keeping the right perspectives. Time management will be most successful if we keep the right perspective through it all.
1. Most of the time, we address time management as a tool to make us happier. I’m sure you have heard people say, if I manage my time better, then I’ll have more time to spend doing things that make me happy, right? However, according to an article I found on productivity from the Huffington Post, research shows that “success follows happiness not the other way around” (Kuhel, 2015).
V. Conclusion – In conclusion,
A. Time management is a very important skill to practice.
B. Today, we discussed how identifying time wasters and procrastination, setting realistic goals, and keeping the right perspective can help us on our journey of keeping control over our time.
C. I don’t know about Dr. Seuss, but the rest of us only have 24 hours in a day, so it’s important to make the most of the time you have. Manage your time instead of letting time manage you.
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Mathews, J., Debolt, D., & Percival, D. (n.d.). How to manage time with 10 tips that work. Entrepreneur. Retrieved from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219553
Mielach, D. (2013). Americans spent 23 hours per week online, texting. Business Week Daily. Retrieved from http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4718-weekly-online-social-media-time.html
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Stein, T. (2013). Kicking the procrastination “habit.” Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-integrationist/201303/kicking-the-procrastination-habit
Zukerman, E. (2013). Review: RescueTime helps you figure out where your week went. PC World. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/2066770/review-rescuetime-helps-you-figure-out-where-your-week-went.html