“I must tell you in the beginning, it was a great challenge to want read this book. I did not have the extra time but I am so grateful I did. I walked away learning time management, how to prioritize, how to work smarter and not harder and to enjoy the ride by being less stressful.” I love those sentences from a recent review of Crossing the Bridge, especially since they were written by a student who “knows the score.”
Ask anyone who works with community college students what they believe to be the biggest challenge students face, and the majority of them will say time management. I say “the majority” because some will say lack of motivation, family issues, and a poor academic background. While those things might be true, it’s also true that managing those precious 168 hours per week is real challenge for most.
At some point in my younger years, I came across a quote by Ben Franklin that resounded with me. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of,” the statesman advised. I’ve always been able to see the value of the moment and to realize the fleeting nature of time. Carpe diem! Recognizing the truth in Franklin’s statement that wasting time is wasting life was a wake-up call.
Once I had my awakening, not only did I work on better using my life moments in the best way possible whether in work or play or relaxation, but I also began to preach that sermon to others as well. In classes, there’s always a captive audience, at least as far as attendance is concerned, so naturally I threw in some helpful tidbits about making lists, setting goals, and setting priorities.
In Crossing the Bridge, there are several strategies to help students better utilize the minutes, hours, and days of each week. But here’s the thing: They don’t always avail themselves of the tried and proven methods! They’re busy, stretched to the max with families, jobs, and other outside responsibilities. I understand all of that, and yet I also understand that most people, including me, could accomplish so much more IF they knew and practiced time management tips.
“Students don’t like to read,” is a phrase I’ve often heard. Is it true? I don’t know. I do know that taking a few minutes to learn time management strategies can yield huge benefits. Just ask Ceira.