Time Management: The Whiteboard

I’m going to sound really old and kind of like your mom in this post, so I am really sorry. But, time management is so important. Like I can’t even emphasize how crucial managing time is to your success in whatever it is you do. This is part one of a three part series where I tell you about objects that can help you manage your time. I’m not talking about those apps that claim they help you, but simple items that will help you save and organize your time wisely.

This is super old-school and may sound really dumb, but get a whiteboard. I highly, highly suggest buying a whiteboard for your study room or bedroom or the place where you spend most of your time. Personally, I have my whiteboard right next to my desk because during the week, that’s where I spend most of my time.

You must be thinking, I can write on a piece of paper; why do I need a whiteboard? Honestly, you could. You could just write on a piece of paper and stick it on your wall or something. But, a whiteboard is reusable and considerably larger than a piece of paper. I personally have a 1 by 3 foot whiteboard, and I can fit everything I need on there. I have all my homework, upcoming project deadlines and competitions, and a list of things I need to get done in the week. If you use a paper, you could write on it with a pencil and erase everyday, but it would get messy and you would end up using a lot of paper. The size and the easy re-usability are the main reasons I bought a whiteboard and didn’t just stick a piece of large poster paper on my wall.

Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m going to explain HOW to use the whiteboard to utilize your time to the fullest. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to assume you, the reader, are buried in an avalanche of homework just like me.The first thing I do when I get home is I write down all of my homework from class to class. After I do that, I number it from most urgent/important/hardest to least urgent/easiest. I tend to keep my easiest homework to do last because it requires less brain power and effort. Next, I look at the second “section” of my whiteboard where I keep important project deadlines and competition dates written down. While I am ordering my homework, I look over to my project deadlines and see which ones are coming up and also use those dates to prioritize my homework. The last “section” of my whiteboard is dedicated to a general to-do list for the week. That to-do list is also organized from most important to least important.

I admit you have to already have some skill in organization and time management to reap the full benefits of the whiteboard, but let me say this; seeing everything you need to get done right in front of your face is a lot more effective and helpful than going through it in your head. Something about seeing it all right there in front of you really reinforces all you have to get done. The first step to be an effective time manager is knowing what you have to get done in what amount of time. That’s why I write EVERYTHING I have to do down, and as I finish each assignment or task, I check it off. Nothing is more satisfying than checking something off of your seemingly never-ending list. Something I do to organize my time is write I want/should spend on each assignment right next to the assignment. For example, next to my math homework, I usually write 20 minutes. If you write time goals next to everything you need to do, it gives you an idea about what time you are going to be awake till or which assignments should be split between two days, etc. A whiteboard is very versatile and it is a very small price to pay compared the hours you can save by using it.

If you want to see how my whiteboard looks check out my Instagram @teenmusings or follow this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaVVZMHHGzd/?taken-by=teenmusings

Until next time, let this following quote make you smile – “time is non-refundable, so use it wisely.”

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