Taming The Time Management Monster

Taming The Time Management Monster

Master the giant pain in the ass that is time management.
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I think one of the biggest challenges in life, whether you’re a student, working a career, a parent, or any combination of the three, is mastering the concept of time management. Unless you’re born into wealth, time management is integral to living a successful life.

You need to understand how to differentiate between tasks that can be revisited later and tasks that require you to reschedule others. In other words, you need to know how to prioritize. Here are a few tips and tools that I’ve found useful over the years to help you do so.

Calendar Alerts

Thank god for smartphones. I use mine for nearly all my organizational needs. And the number one app I use for those needs is my calendar app. If you have a Google account and use it most for your personal or professional computing needs, grab Google calendar. The UI (user interface) is user-friendly and intuitive.

I actually just started using my Samsung Galaxy default calendar app, which is just as good, to avoid clutter. If you’re old school bust out the paper calendar. Grab one that speaks to you. Random side note- in your office, on your phone, wherever you are- surround yourself with things you truly love. It’ll make mundane tasks like checking your calendar to see what chores are up ahead a little brighter.

Back to the point- use your calendar, if you don’t already, to store events like appointments, social outings, bill due dates, vacations, or article deadlines. Remember when setting your alert to give yourself some extra time if you need it. Sometimes I set up to three alerts for one event. This allows you to put these events out of your mind completely, freeing up your short-term memory and enhancing your long-term memory.

Timers

Again, thank god for smart phones. You run of the mill clock app has two wonderful time management tools, an alarm and a timer. I only use my alarm in the traditional sense- to get up for work every morning. But, I use the timer for everything else. When I call in a pickup order for takeout I set a timer. When I take lunch at work I set a timer.

If I’m trying to clean up before I go out somewhere, but I told whoever that I’m leaving in ten minutes, I set a timer. You get the idea. If you need to do something in x number of minutes, hours, whatever, set a timer. Like with calendar alerts, this frees up your short-term memory. Setting a timer also avoids wasting time and negates losing track of time.

To-Do Lists

Creating a to-do list allows you to plan your day in advance. Planning your day in advance allows you to utilize your time in the wisest, most productive way possible. I used to use my memo app to create to-do lists but recently came across the Microsoft app To-Do. Microsoft’s To-Do is much better suited than the memo app because it allows you to create multiple to-do lists with notes.

Each item on the to-do list can be checked off with one tap, creating a check mark next to the completed task and crossing out the task itself, much like you would do on a pen and paper to-do list. The beats having to go into your memo and having to manually erase the task you’ve completed. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s just faster and more efficient.

Plus, now I can use my memo app for long-term crap that doesn’t really belong in my calendar and isn’t a short-term to-do list, like an ongoing grocery list, a membership number, or an idea for an article. And finally, my last go-to for time management and organization.

Whiteboards

You can get these guys at Target for cheap. They’re magnetic or stand-up and come in whatever size you need. Mine isn’t that big and it’s on my fridge, which is the first thing I see when I walk in the door of my apartment. I also love food, so I’m in that area a lot. Make sure you place your whiteboard in an area that you frequent.

I use this tool for long-term tasks that don’t have a due date, daily reminders, or mantras that help me stayed focused. For example, I have “SCHOLARSHIP” written on mine right now. I want to apply for one. I don’t have to, and although there’s a deadline to apply by it’s not really a pressing issue for me. I also have “DIET” with “GYM: M + W + FRI” underneath (I like to write in caps on the whiteboard because it grabs my attention).

Like the scholarship, these tasks don’t have a due date and aren’t really required of me. But I want them there, so I can think about them every day. “DIET” and “GYM” have been on my whiteboard for about four months. I changed my eating habits two weeks ago and started back at the gym yesterday (4/9/18 Monday). Lastly, I have two mantras on there: “Make It Happen!” at the top of the board and “MINIMALISM” at the bottom.

Again, these have no due date and don’t even need to be done. But, they are still tasks and they are just as important (actually more important in a personal matter) than the Calendar Alert of paying my credit card bill on time. The only difference is priority level in regard to time.

These are four tools that I relentlessly use in my every day life to ensure that I’m getting the most time out of my day, every day. As a student, professional, parent, or any combination of the three, you’re constantly bombarded with miscellaneous deadlines that can be a nightmare to wrap your head around. Hopefully the tips I’ve shared here from my own life experience can help you to overcome and master the giant pain in the ass that is time management.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

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Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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