One of the lessons of Dr. Habib Hamidi’s “Academic Analysis of Marriage” class,was surprisingly about managing my time. Before attending this class, I had completely underestimated its value; I’m not thinking of marriage, nor am I ready for marriage so I thought this class wasn’t for me. Itwasn’t until I went when I realized how applicable it was
for me as far too often, I waste my time.
Time management is a skill that everyone has trouble working on. In a marriage setting, being organized with one’s time is a vital element. Once a person masters managing their time, they become very efficient, organized, and successful. So, what’s the secret to managing time?
Dr. Habib, began with a simple approach:
1. Observe your day and write down what you have done for every hour for the next 2 weeks or so.
2. Plan your schedule.
Once you have done that, you will notice that there are so many spaces in your daily schedule that are left blank. This is a problem, as Dr. Habib analyzed. When you have nothing to do, or have nothing planned to do, Shaytan comes to you and whispers suggestions of things you should not be doing. I mean, no one plans on doing wrongful actions in their schedule; sometimes, they just seem to happen. To prevent this from happening, go to step 3
3. Fill the blanks of your schedule with something productive, like study-time.
For instance, as students we often neglect our academic occupation and forget to leave any time for studying in our schedules, until of course the last minute. Procrastination will only force us to pull all-nighters and leave us frustrated in the morning. This is why it’s very important to have our schedules planned well beforehand.
4. Be realistic.
Do plan your schedules but at the same time, be realistic. For instance, if you plan your schedule to have study time after ‘Asr prayer when all the brothers and sisters are hanging out, it’ll be difficult to get any efficient studying done.
Time management offers a lot of benefits such as productivity and efficiency. This valuable skill will steer one away from leading an unproductive life and hopefully provide more time to spend with others, like one’s spouse.