4 Tips for Better Time Management

We are all provided with the same 24 hours each day. However, it seems that many are able to achieve more during the same time frame. How do they get so much done? What tricks do they know that allow them to get more finished?

The secret is out, and it’s better time management! Being proactive about managing your time allows you to become more efficient at getting things done. There are several key benefits for having great time management skills, such as being less stressed, having extra free time, and achieving your goals. Keep reading to learn more about our top four time management tips!

Organize Everything

The first step to effectively managing your time is being organized. You must understand what needs to be completed to ensure that it all gets done. If you have school assignments, a project that is due at work, or anything else, make a list of all that you need to get done. Creating a to-do list is a simple way to get a full idea of all the tasks you need to complete. You can also organize them into categories by adding labels.

Gathering and organizing everything you will need to get your to-do list done is also essential. Create your own system by making folders and saving everything in them. For example, if you are completing a project for school, save everything you need in one folder on your computer so that when it comes time to do the work, everything you need is there, and you can get the project done faster.

Prioritize Tasks

4 Tips For Better Time Management

You now have your to-do list organized, so it is time to place them in order of priority. When you decide the priority of things, you are taking an extra step to determine which tasks will get completed first. A great way to prioritize is to do the items that are most important and urgent first. For instance, if you are working on a class project that contributes to half of your final grade and is due this week, this should automatically be at the top of your list because it is both urgent and important.

If you have a task that is not as urgent but still important, you can determine when to complete it, such as a work assignment with a due date next month. Some tasks need to be completed in a specific order so that you can do the first steps and then complete the other steps later. This is more common with assignments that require being broken down into smaller tasks as you go. Ensure that you prioritize things that are required to be completed first in order to stay on the right track.

Plan Ahead

You’ve successfully organized all you need to do and prioritized your tasks, so now it’s time to create a plan and decide when you will get each thing completed. Making these plans sets you on the path to success because when you start working each day, you will know exactly what you need to get done. One awesome way to achieve this is by using a calendar to schedule your tasks. First, take your to-do list that was created earlier and set aside time on your calendar by picking dates and times to get the items done. Ensure that you add the most important and urgent things first.

While planning, make sure you have everything needed to complete the item during the time you set aside on your calendar. For instance, if you are doing a graphic design assignment, you must gather the different things you will need ahead of time, such as the correct images and logos, to prepare to complete the assignment. Ensure that you plan and add breaks during your day between tasks, especially for those that take longer to finish. Enjoying breaks will help you stay focused and refreshed.

Create Deadlines

Once you have your week planned out ahead of time, be sure to have a deadline set for each item to be completed. If you are doing a larger project, break the assignment down into smaller pieces and make deadlines for each of the smaller steps. Allow yourself enough time to get everything completed and leave some extra time if any changes or things take longer than anticipated.

Setting time limits to have work done can also be of great help. If you provide yourself with six hours to get something done, it will most likely take all six hours. However, if you give yourself four hours, you can probably get it done in that time. For those of us who are perfectionists, creating time limits can help prevent you from becoming stuck in a cycle of making corrections to try to make it more perfect constantly.

Join us in 2021

Learning valuable time management skills can contribute to your success now and in the future. At Boardman Training Center, we’re here to help you get started on your path to a new career. We work with you to help you manage your time and balance work, family, and school.

Explore our healthcare training programs and request information now to start your journey to an exciting new healthcare career!

How to Stick to Your Resolutions and Goals All Year Long

It’s a brand-new year, and we are now over a month into 2021. We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions for this year; however, making them is always the easiest part. Staying committed to the goals you set for the year is much more difficult.

Maybe you set a resolution to eat healthier and work out more. Or you could have a goal to start a new career by going back to school and attending a career training program. Whatever resolutions you’ve set for 2021, there are several things you can do to help stay focused and on-track to achieving your goals throughout the year. Check out these tips to help you stay committed!

Create a Plan Just for You

The strategies that work for someone else may not be the best solutions for our own needs. We all need a specific plan that is designed to help us reach our goals. To get started, create goals that are specific to you. For instance, if you made a New Year’s resolution to work out more, how many times will you work out per week? What types of exercises will you do to help reach your goals? When and where will you work out? With the answers to these questions, you can create a plan specific to your needs.

Approximately 21 days of repetitive activity helps to create a habit, and 90 days of doing these same activities help to build a lifestyle. As you’re creating a new habit, each time you do something new, it will make things a little easier the next time around. Exercising will not be easy at first, especially if it’s been a while since you have worked out. However, being sore after that initial workout is expected. As time goes on and you continue exercising, you will build endurance and muscle, making things easier. You will get better, and it will eventually come naturally to you.

When we are trying to improve various aspects of ourselves, it may be tempting to try and achieve all our goals at once. But if you create too many resolutions at once, it can be more difficult. Things may become overwhelming while trying to make so many changes at a time. This may demotivate you or cause you to give up easily. If you pick three goals to start with and make them your main priorities, you will be able to reach your goals more successfully.

These days, there’s an app for just about anything you want to do. If one of your goals is to exercise more, then utilizing an app will help you plan your workouts, track your progress, and keep focused. If one of your goals is to choose healthier food options, find an app to help you track meal choices and learn more about which foods are more beneficial. Another goal you may have is to save and budget your money better. Finding an app that helps you track spending can give you better control of your money.

Choose Progress Over Perfection

Change is undoubtedly a process that does not come overnight. The Empire State Building was not built in a day, and the Mona Lisa was not painted overnight. Making strides toward greatness takes time, and that includes achieving our goals. If you’ve created a goal to go back to school and begin a new career, then all the classes you attend, and every test you pass will help you progress to accomplish your goal of getting a new job. It takes time to complete your career training classes, but you will be ready to start your new career when you’re finished.

If we always wait for the perfect moment to do something, we may never accomplish anything. The perfect time does not exist, and things will never be exactly how we want them. If we would like to take a step toward our goals and dreams, then we must venture out and take a leap of faith.

In reality, perfection does not exist. It’s just something that we attempt to achieve that keeps us doing the same things in repetition. For example, if you want to become a vegetarian and one day you slip up and have a piece of meat, this does not mean that you are a failure. Instead, it would help if you thought about what circumstances led to you eating meat and what you can do the next day to improve. Gathering your thoughts and learning from the situation can help you do better next time, changing failures into successful moments and helping us make progress as we go.

Continuing to stay focused on your goals and resolutions can be difficult. It’s so exciting at the start, but as time passes, that excitement can wear off, and motivation can drop. There are some great ways to stay focused throughout the year! For instance, if you are going back to school to start a new career, you could try rewarding yourself with a sweet treat each time you do great on a test. Practicing daily affirmations can inspire you to get the lifestyle you want and keep you on track. Finding words or quotes that motivate you and placing them in a spot to view when you wake up in the morning can help immensely. You could make sticky notes or set up notifications on your phone.

The third option to help you maintain focus is to know why you made your resolutions. Think about what pushed you to achieve these specific goals. What drives you to make these changes? Maybe you started to get a better job that can help improve your lives and your family. Or perhaps you wanted to set an example for your kids, so they can see what’s possible with hard work and dedication. There will be days when you feel like a failure or feel like throwing in the towel, but if you stop thinking about why you started, it can help improve your mindset and keep you motivated.

Get Support of Family and Friends

Support from those around you can make or break your progress toward your goals. If you are surrounded by a strong network of friends and family who offer support, it will be much easier for you to keep your resolutions. Additionally, having someone who can mentor you, who has already successfully gone through the process and made it to where you want to be, can help you on your path to achieving your goals. They can share best practices with you and insight from their own experiences. Intentionally creating this type of network will surround you with positive influence. Build your team of cheerleaders who help motivate you along the way and remember that it’s okay to ask others for help.

Finding an accountability partner, like a friend with the same resolution as you, can also have a significant impact. Partner with them to keep each other motivated and on the right path. Spend time daily or weekly speaking with each other to check up on progress or any issues you both may encounter. Having someone you can talk to can help you stay committed.

Reach Your Career Goals with BTC

Now you know exactly how to stay motivated and focused on your goals and resolutions all year, so let Boardman Training Center get you on the fast-track to a new career! With healthcare training programs in exciting areas like Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist, we have just what you need. Request information now to start your path to a new healthcare career!

Kharley Calabrese – Student Highlight

Meet Kharley Calabrese, our Boardman Training Center student highlight feature for this week!

Kharley is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program and has already completed the Cardio Phlebotomy program to get on the fast track to a new career in the healthcare field. She chose these Boardman Training Center programs for many reasons that are important to her and her future.

Kharley says she chose to complete cardio phlebotomy and medical office classes “to get better job opportunities, such as better pay and benefits, and also because I have always loved the health field and helping people.”

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Kharley attended a larger university for hospitality management but then realized that field did not have the opportunities she was looking for, especially in the local area. The cost of tuition was also too high.

In addition to attending college, Kharley also works at a restaurant while completing her healthcare career training at BTC. “I always thought maybe the restaurant I worked for would be a good career, but then I realized I was settling for less,” said Kharley.

Kharley Calabrese -Student Highlight

As Kharley realized that she wanted more for herself than her current job could offer, she made the decision to take her career to the next level by preparing for a job in the medical field.

She chose Boardman Training Center to fast-track her way to an exciting new career for a variety of reasons. “The prices were affordable, and the classes were great for my work schedule. Also, the classes were smaller, which is better for learning,” said Kharley.

Kharley is having a great experience as a student at BTC while completing her healthcare classes and training for a new career. “It is like my home away from home! The teachers are awesome and so are my peers,” said Kharley.

So far, Kharley says that Irene and Sandy have been her favorite teachers because they care about the students and make sure all your concerns and questions are answered.

After graduation, Kharley wants to work as a MA in a physician’s office or hospital. In five years, Kharley would love to have a well-established career in the medical field and possibly furthering her education.

When asked if she would refer BTC to a friend, Kharley said, “yes, because it’s affordable, the programs give you great job opportunities, and the instructors and staff are amazing!”

Do you want to take your career to the next level with more opportunities? Are you looking for a more fulfilling career that allows you to help people every day? Make the move and join us at Boardman Training Center! With a supportive educational environment, small class sizes, and flexible financing, we have just what you need to get started.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to advance your career with BTC!