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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Springboard! Session 9: Time Management

What is Springboard!? Click here.

Today’s learning outcomes: Examining Values, Creative Problem Solving, Inquiry and Self-Assurance

This all important session offers formulas for evaluating time management skills and it’s amazing! One of my favorite sessions.

First, a warm-up activity: we stand in a circle and begin tossing a tennis ball in a designated pattern, next a second tennis ball is added. Then a large ball must be passed counter-clockwise, as second ball is added and passed clockwise, etc… The balls are designated as “the first big test,” “relationship problems,” “extracurricular obligations,” “part time job,” etc… Before you know it, balls start dropping, just like life can get crazy. This is to show that to manage the craziness, we must focus on where we’re throwing next, have good communication with those around us, cultivate good time management skills and try to find balance.

Next, we were all asked to fill out daily logs for an average weekday and a weekend day. We then label the activities within our logs as either an “A,” absolute necessity, “B,” basic need, “C,” choice, “D,” desirable or “E,” eliminate. A great demonstration is given to show why you must do your necessities and needs (like health and school) before desires (like 5 hours of video games):
Apples and oranges in a clear container represent necessities/needs; it fills up quickly, but there is still room for golf balls, or needs/choices. It looks as though there is no room left, but fish tank rocks can still be added to represent desires; finally, there is still room to add water, or everything you really shouldn’t be doing! On the flip side, if you start with a container of water, you can add some fish tank rocks, but golf balls, apples and oranges cause overflow.

Last is a time awareness exercise, also great for anyone to do:

Write down how many hours per week you think you spend in each of the following categories: class, studying, homework, other work, grooming, socializing, relaxation, traveling if you’re a commuter like me, volunteer work, exercise, etc...

There are 168 hours in a week.

From 168 subtract how many hours a week you sleep (56 for eight hours of sleep a night ).
Subtract how much time eating takes (approximate 21 if you take an hour a meal).
Continue subtracting the amounts you wrote down for the above categories.

Are you left with more time than you ever thought you had, or are you running on negative hours every week?


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