Time management is a phrase that I have lived by throughout parts of grade school, high school, and now college. I have been introduced to this because of the numerous activities and amounts of work that I have accumulated over the years. In high school, I had to balance my time from going to school, to practice, and then to homework. I would try to balance out the work, but sometimes there was not enough time in the day to finish all of it. I quickly learned that working ahead of time was key to my success. During FYO, I learned a lot about the common myths of time management and where I fall in the classification of effective time management.
The three common myths of time management are as follows: my life is completely controlled by external events, I should meet everyone’s expectations, and I should have no limitations. I learned that these three myths are just that, myths and that I should not think to follow them ever. The speaker defined to us the four different types of workers. The four types of workers were as follows: the hopper, the fence sitter, the cliffhanger, and the perfectionist plus. I fell into the group of perfectionists plus. I have difficulty acknowledging that my high expectations of myself may be unrealistic or unnecessary. I believe one should be able to do everything and do it well. Most of the time, I avoid important jobs for the fear of the outcome.
After hearing the myths and my summary for being a perfectionist plus, I definitely looked at my approach to time management. I could relate to the myths, but the perfectionist plus grouping will probably never change. My time management skills are usually impeccable. I work very hard to get ahead of my schoolwork and be able to participate in many activities. I have always received decent grades and continued to participate in the sport of diving. I will keep in mind to remember I do not have to do everything well. College has taught me that much in a very short period time.