That’s all you have. Every week, 168 hours pass you by, whether you are ready or not. It is completely up to you to make each one of those hours count.
My freshman year at California State University, Bakersfield, I had the privilege of being in Dr. Michael Flachmann’s Shakespeare literature class. He convinced me to be in the Helen Hawk Honors Program at the university, and on the first day of class, he handed us a paper. At the top of the page, in plain black, Times New Roman capital letters, it read:
“TIME MANAGEMENT FOR CSUB HONORS STUDENTS”
It was simple enough. Add up the hours of sleep you expect to get in a week. Add to that the hours of entertainment/relaxation, commuting, employment, volunteer activities, meals, chores, extracurricular activities, classes and labs, required study hours, and any additional weekly commitments. Then, add all of those hours together, and subtract from 168.
This fall semester, my time management schedule looked something like this:
- Sleep: 7 hours/night X 7 days/week = 49 Hours
- Entertainment/Relaxation: 1 hour/day X 7 days/week = 7 Hours
- Commuting: 11 hours/week = 11 Hours
- Employment: 15 hours/week = 15 Hours
- Volunteer Activities: N/A
- Meals: 1.5 hours/day X 7 days/week = 10.5 Hours
- Chores: 1 hour/day X 7 days/week = 7 Hours
- Extracurricular Activities: 5 hours/week = 5 Hours
- Classes and Labs: 30 hours/week = 30 Hours
- Required Study Hours: 30 hours/week Classes and Labs X 2 = 60 Hours
- Additional Weekly Commitments: 45 minutes/day X 7 days/week = 5.25 Hours
Total: 199.75 Hours
If I went ahead and subtracted 199.75 hours from the 168 hours in the week . . . Well, Houston, we have a problem. My life had to be reprioritized.
Quitting my job gave me 15 additional hours/week, plus the 6 hours that I would have normally spent commuting to and from work. Entertainment/Relaxation time became a rare luxury, and the other 3.75 hours were subtracted from the sleep category. I am, after all, a senior in college, and sleep is more of a luxury than a necessity.
What will you do with your 168 hours?
As for me, I’m just trying to survive the semester.