Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
Note from Aimee J.: You have more time than you think.
Topic: Manage Your Time
Action: Plan out your day. Take a sheet of paper and divide it in two. On the left side, write down 24 hours starting from two hours before you wake up to 11:59PM in hour or ½ hour increments. Still on the left-side next time to the times, in pencil, block off the time you know you’re doing something, i.e. sleeping, working, activities, studying, etc. You should start to see what free time you have. Make a list of things you need to do on the left-side of the paper. Now is when you have to manage your time. Fit your to do items into the spaces not blocked off. If you can’t fit everything, then you need to do one of two things. Either one, adjust your blocked time (i.e. sleep for less, take shorter breaks, cut back on tv time, etc.), or really think on whether that to do item needs to get done today. It won’t always be easy and you won’t always make everything fit, but do your best.
Here's an example of my list or check it out on my Instagram highlights:
You are brave.
You are talented.
You are smart.
You are unique.
You are you. =)
You are Awesome.
You are Loved.
You are Needed. And most importantly,
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
I Have Only Just a Minute by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.
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Good day family. This is your personal hype man, Aimee J. Thank you guys so much for tuning in. I promise within the next week or so we are going to get a better intro than just applause. It's coming. We're working on it, but you got to start somewhere. I couldn't wait for perfection to kick off this amazing podcast, which I am. So I have fun with doing this. It brings me back to my original podcasting days and I'm just having fun with this. So hopefully you guys are finding something out of this too. And if you are hitting me up on social media at @aimeej21 let me know. This is for you. This is kind of to help you and remind myself as well that you are brave, you are talented, you are smart, you are unique and you are you. And that is the best thing this world could get.
Being yourself is the best gift you could give this world and living your life day in and day out the way you want it is the best thing you could do for yourself. So guys, we've talked about a number of things in the past week. Don't forget, even though we're not doing gratitude, uh, together, ask yourself, what are three things I'm grateful for? And repeat that to yourself every day. It's a very helpful exercise. I do it myself. I don't do it. We're not going to do it on the show anymore together, but maybe, maybe periodically. But do that on your own when you wake up, remind yourself what is, what are three things I'm grateful for? Very important exercise. It helps kind of set you right, in mindset and in focus for the day. It puts you in a positive space. So try to do that. Highly encourage it.
You know, it's up to you. But I do encourage it because it is important. Today we're going to talk about managing your time. That could be a number of things. It's a huge topic. I'm really gonna focus on just one day, right? And so I want to share with you an important poem that my mentor, the late Mr. LaMont Toliver shared with me, that really resonated with me during college. And it's by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. It's "I have only just a minute" and here's how it goes. I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it forced upon me. Can't refuse it, didn't seek it, didn't choose it, but it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it, give account if I abuse it. Just the tiny little minute. But eternity isn't it?
Isn't that such a powerful poem? Often times we think we just don't have any time. There is no time. You know, you think of that saved by the bell episode. I'm dating myself, but where Jessie Spano is panicking about tests and studying, and she got so much going on, there's no time. There's never any time, you know, no time to study, no time to do this. We often feel that way, but guys, we actually have more time than we expect more time than we think. It's true. There are 24 hours in a day. You only need to sleep probably six or seven of that. Some of you are hardcore and need less than that, but six or seven is about the average. Do the research, see what it is, you know your body the best. So go with that. Then you have your work. So usually eight to eight hours, you may be in school, that's about eight hours, whatever that is, right?
So if we're thinking seven, we're thinking eight, that's 15 that's 15 hours of 24 so if I pull out a calculator and I do 24 minus 15 that gives us nine hours left in the day, nine hours, nine hours to spend time with our family, nine hours to do our homework, nine hours to prepare ourselves for the next moment, right? So yeah, of course some time will be spent on getting ready for the day travel, right? But there's still time. Some of you guys think that there is no time because you get home and you're just, that's it. There's nothing you can do. But in reality there is time. So I want you to do this. There's an exercise that I do to help myself figure out and manage my time and want to share it with you. It's kind of noted in the show notes. So check that out in the description.
It'll be there. Um, and the way it works is you take a piece of paper, 8 ½ half by 11, whatever, whatever paper you have, write down on the left side, we're gonna divide the paper into two on the left side. Write down the number of hours, a few hours before you sleep all the way to midnight. Okay, go all the way to the midnight. And if, if some of you are daring, go past midnight. So for me, I do from four o'clock to midnight and I write that down. I write within half hour an hour increments. That's up to you. Play around with what you're comfortable with. I do it by an hour and I took a picture of this. It'll be on my Instastory but I'm going to try and put it in my show notes. So check there as well so that you can see what it is I'm talking about.
So you're going to write the hours, that's step one. Step two is on that same left side right next to the times. Block out time that you already know you have to take account for. School work, uh, activities. You may have Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, uh, after school programs, sports, whatever it is, go out, go ahead and block the time off. Right? You're, we're, we're doing is, we're getting a picture of where your free time is. Once you've blocked that off, you'll see where your time is going and you'll see where your free time is. And now is when you need to start managing that time. So we've set up the left side. I want you to go to the right side of the paper and write down your to do list for the day. Okay? Just for the day, what is it you have to get done today in order to sleep peacefully. Might include studying for an exam, might be doing some homework, might be doing your chores. You should include that, right? That takes up time. And now's the managing. Take the stuff on the right side in your to do list items and put it in the space that you have on the left side. And when you find out, hey, something's not fitting, there's not enough time. We got to think of one or two things. One, can we move things around, cut back a little bit on our sleep, maybe not watch TV as much as we wanted to. Right? Adjust things so that we can fit what we need in. Or two do we really need to get this item done today or can it wait till the next day? Right? That's how we're going to manage our time. That's how you have to put it together. So think about that, try that and see if you do this, you will start getting into the habit of being more in control of your time and the time and less of the time being control of you.
Right? You'll panic last because you know clearly what the battle plan is. That's what we're doing. We're managing our time and laying it out and I do this every day, just kind of see what my day is going to look like. Sometimes I do it in unofficial ways. Does have to be this formal of a thing. But you know, when I was in high school, when I was in college, this is what I did. This is how I kept track of my time. So for those who are like, how do you balance everything, this is how, this is what I did, this made my life easier, right? And there are tricks for other things of managing time we'll talk about later. But start with this, start with this. Manage your time. You have more time than you think you do and maybe you're giving more time to things that don't need it.
But that's where the managing part comes in. All right guys. So keep in mind, you know that this is all up to you. Even though I'm sharing this, I'm telling you, giving you advice about how to manage your time, you have to do what works for you. So I want to make sure that's clear because while I'm your hype men and I will support you through and through. At the end of the day, it's all about you. True story. Okay? So you do what you gotta do. There are apps that can help you. The Todoist is one, Things is another app. I'm sure there are plenty others that can help you. Planners have hours put in it, use that. Franklin Covey if that's still a thing, you know, find what works for you. The point and message I want to get to you today though is manage your time.
Find a way, and manage your time. What I shared with you is just one option. All right? So guys, until tomorrow when we get back together, remember, you are awesome. You are loved, you are needed, and without a doubt you are enough as you are. Just because you're trying to better yourself with education. Just because you're trying to learn new things doesn't mean you're not enough. You're just improving upon yourself at your own choice and decision. So remember, you are enough. You are loved and you are appreciated. Guys. Alright, until next time when we get together, don't forget. Don't Stop, Keep Chasing.