People often say: “Time has wings” or “Time cannot be won again”, but do we really treat our time wisely? Let’s do a simple calculation: if a person can live 85 years, then it means he or she just has 744600 hours in the whole life; if this person is 21 years old, then he has spent 183960 hours already. Take one step forward: if we regard one hour as one dollar, then look at your pocket, you just have less than 570000 dollars inside.

Question: Have you valued your time—those 183960 hours as a wise investment so far?

After finishing a special workshop survey at this month’s AIESEC GA, my answer is a sad NO.

During the workshop, every AIESECer was asked to fill up a time-management related form, which divided into three sections—Time Management Exercise, Where Does the Time Go and Your Energy Circle. I don’t know how you felt about the result, but for me and some of my co-workers, we found our ability of wasting time, which is definitely an alert.

Honestly speaking, we could’ve spent an unexpected huge number of hours on Facebook, Twitter, grooming and waiting. As an economic student, I have to say, the opportunity cost of the actions is deadly high. We always think we have enough credits to spend. However, God is fair—he only give every one of us “24 dollars” per day. Treat it wisely.

I also think efficiency counts when we think of time management, and it plays an important role. Even the most successful people face the deficiency of time. Those work productively rather than hard treat their time in a smart way. A hard-working person can’t ensure his or her success from time to time, an efficient person can, because they know how to focus on the task at hand and stay away from the temptation of procrastination.

Here are some quick tips on managing the time:

First, planning your day in advance, i.e. having a to-do list, so that you can have a clear idea about how you have to schedule your time and won’t miss anything important.

Second, improve your working efficiency to make more out of your time.

Third, don’t wait till tomorrow to do what should be done today. Tomorrow more things are going to pile on.

In a nutshell, we need to respect every single day we are experiencing, and regard it as the first day of our remaining life.

Have a great reading break for our lovely UBCers!

by Brittany Ji, External Relations Officer at AIESEC UBC
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