While you are still a student, it is best to prepare yourself for your career by following basic etiquette and rules such as being on time. Not only that you should be mindful of what you do with your time by planning your day and sticking to your schedule. Here is why you should give importance to time management for the future of your career.
Time is the most valuable commodity on earth
If you haven’t noticed it yet, everything we do is defined by time. The advances in science and technology were created in due time. Every aspect of history is recorded by time. Even the simplest of actions like brushing your teeth is controlled by time – three Happy Birthday songs, which amounts to around 60 seconds.
Time is so valuable because there is always not enough of it to go around, but it is also endless at the same time. Employers value time because it means money. Even a minute generates around $10,000 for a successful corporation. Imagine if that time was put to the best use by every person on earth, then everyone would be efficient and productive.
Why is time management important for you as a student and for your career?
While you are a student, from kindergarten to graduate school, you have been trained to follow the rules of time management. We arrive at school on time. We wait for the minute school ends to spend our time somewhere else. And we wished there was more time to stay away and stay asleep as each day passes by.
If we adhered to the rules of time management since we were kids, we can apply this to our daily lives as well as our careers. But how can you do that while you are still a student?
The answer is that you are forced to practice time management by the institutions that have accepted you. Curriculums are not easy to handle, especially when you have to read a ton of books, study for exams, get to classes on time, and still have a social life.
You are forced to manage your time by allocating enough of your resources into each activity that you do in your life. Once you manage that, applying it to your career will be a breeze.
What is the difference between time management at school and at work?
The difference between your academic career and real-world career is that you have less time on your plate at school than you do at work. At work, the day ends once the clock strikes five or whatever your office has set.
At school, you still have to work after hours without any tangible rewards. At work, you get overtime pay. On the other side of it all, at school, you are rewarded for your efforts by the lessons and skills you learn through hard work. At your job, you will most likely have to force yourself to overperform in order to raise your status at work.
But putting both together gives you a big advantage. Because you are used to managing your time at school, you will be more likely to succeed at doing this at your future job. Time management is important for your career because it allows you to follow deadlines, attend meetings on time, set your schedule to make the day as productive as possible.
Even if you stop working at the end of the day, you can rest knowing that you made the most of your time while you were at work. In the end, you will be rewarded for your efforts because you will have learned new skills at work that you could not have at school. You will also learn how to innovate and create ideas because you took the time to use your workhouse productively, either by working hard on a project or by learning how to perform a task well.
Now that you know what lies ahead, are you ready to manage your time more efficiently? Do you want to be successful at school and at work? Then you better make the most of your time in both parts of your lives.