Time management, that’s very important, and especially for teenagers. So, it´s very important to manage our time, how to use our time, how to complete our tasks in the given time.Time management means creating a way to use the time that you have been given by nature. If you use it in an appropriate way you will be successful, but if you do not you will never reach your goals. We must be very careful about where we use our time because we have no idea when the nature will take it away from us, and what it is left is only regrets.
Therefore, if you do not want to have regrets in your life then first of all you must define
what´s important in your life and what´s urgent. I personally believe that urgency is not where you want to reach but what´s important in your life. This must be defined because it´s where you want to reach at the end of your journey, so it is your priority.
Because if you don´t know what your priorities are or what you actually want, you will waste your time with something which you will not get anything from, as it is mentioned in a very beautiful book by Bronnie Ware called “THE TOP FIVE REGRETS OF DYING” where she says that people are used to accumulating things they don´t need, and that in order to have a successful life what you need is happiness and you don´t even need to be rich. Do you agree? I do!
In addition, if you want to have a successful life it´s very important to understand the chart I am going to show you now, by David Eisenhower(who was an American army generaland statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961):
URGENT AND IMPORTANT
DO IT NOW
IMPORTANT NOT URGENT
DECIDE WHEN TO DO IT
URGENT NOT IMPORTANT
NOT IMPORTANT NOT URGENT
The first quadrant is about “URGENT AND IMPORTANT” and it says: “DO IT NOW”. These are those objectives of your life that you must do as soon as possible and never back out , because they are important and urgent. For example if I want to have good marks at the end of the year and next week I have an exam, the final marks are important and the exam for next week is urgent, it´s important and urgent so I must start studying now.
Therefore, you must define what´s important and urgent and just do it.
The second quadrant is “IMPORTANT BUT NOT URGENT”. These are those things that are important in your life but not urgent, so you can decide when to do them. For example, you need white papers but you still have enough stock at least for a week, so that would be important (you need paper) but not urgent (you don´t need it now), so you can decide when to get it. Then for example instead of going today you can go at the weekend and buy it.
Next quadrant, the third one, it´s “NOT IMPORTANT NOT URGENT”. Imagine that you are going to the library for an important project and you find a friend on your way, and he suggests going to a party. You went and so you left your important work incomplete. It is logical to think that there is no logic in doing such a thing, because that’s not urgent and not important, so you must dump it. It´s a waste of time.
And the last quadrant, “URGENT BUT NOT IMPORTANT”. In our life we have a lot of things that are urgent but not important, for example you need some grocery and you have to clean the house, and both of them are urgent. What we can do here is delegating one of them, so you can ask someone close to you to do the grocery for you and meanwhile you can do the cleaning. This quadrant is especially for building future team work, because sometimes you need to build a team to do some urgent task and you can´t do everything alone.
Once you have defined these four quadrants it´s very easy to decide if you really want to do something or it´s going to be a waste of time. In addition, if you really want to start doing it, the process of deciding what, when and why becomes easier after you have put this method into practice several times.
My personal opinion is that these four quadrants make your life easier. I would like to end with some very beautiful words of Stewart Brand (is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog.):