Monarchs learn to manage their time effectively in workshop
By Alton Pitre
“You have to measure your goals. How can you achieve your goals if you don’t measure them?” said Valley College’s Psychological Services Counselor Sarah Belgrad to students on Thursday’s Time Management Workshop.
In the workshop, students learned how to supervise their timing schedules in an easy and effective way, aiding to their succession of academics. According to Belgrad, a good balance of schoolwork and self-care is required in order to attainably accomplish this enterprise, and the deficient state of time management causes a mental strain on students.
“Time management is important for college students because it decreases anxiety and raises productivity, ”said Belgrad. “Students that don’t have time management skills don’t reach school goals because they focus more on distractions and interruptions.”
There are multiple tools and methods of time management for students, many of which fail because of procrastination and lack of time planning. Belgrad advised students on “The Five Golden Rules”, a guide that explains the standards of time management, and also demonstrated how to prioritize activities as urgent and important on a high-low scale.
Rule number one of the five golden rules is to set goals that motivate; the second rule is to set SMART goals. SMART goals is described as an acronym; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. When setting Specific goals students must be clear and well defined, and include precise amounts and dates in reference to setting the Measurable goals. Setting Attainable goals is making sure that they are realistically possible. When setting Relevant goals, students should organize them in the significance of the direction they want their life and career to take. The last goal is setting Time-Bound goals that must have a deadline. This simply wares students of when they are able to celebrate success.
Rule number three is to write out goals. This is the physical act of writing down a real and tangible goal. The fourth rule is to make an action plan, writing out the individual steps of the goals and crossing each one off as they are completed. By doing so, the student’s progress is realized. The last rule is to stick with it, building in reminders that keep the student on constant track.
By following these five golden rules of goal setting students can apply goals with confidence and enjoy the satisfaction that comes along with knowing the achievement of what was set out to do.
Belgrad also explained the urgent/important matrix by Dr. Stephen Covey that lets the student distinguish activities on a diagram; important activities that have an outcome that leads to the achievement of goals, and urgent activities that demand immediate attention. Belgrad mentioned that this structure process helps to overcome the natural tendency to focus on urgent activities, enabling one to keep clear time on what is really important.
Nursing major Alejandro Del Cid found the workshop very useful because he is commonly unsuccessful when trying to manage his time.
“I have a high level of stress,” said Del Cid. “And now I can fix it because I can see my problems usually with what I’m doing wrong.”