#25 Not Enough Time!

Dear Lee Woo Singers,

 

I hope you had a restful and productive reading week and Ching Ming Festival Holiday. As we near the end of the term (just 2 weeks of classes before final exams!), you might be feeling that there just isn’t enough time! You might have projects, presentations, homework, practicums, reports, and exams to study for; in addition to part-time jobs, dating, committee or leadership roles, and family obligations. For me, it’s also been one of the busiest terms since I joined CUHK almost 9 years ago.

 

But if I pause to think, the issue is not how much time there is - because in fact, there are exactly the same number of hours, minutes, and seconds in everyone’s day. The more important factor, then, is how do we fill our schedules and accomplish what we set off to do. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to optimize my time, but here are some points I have discovered:

  1. Prioritize: Some things have set deadlines and are central to the things that you must do. For me, this includes classes. I MUST update lecture notes and show up prepared to class each week, or else I would be out of a job very quickly. Other things include important meetings and time with family. Put sufficient time and attention on the important things.
  2. Be organized: Most of us are filled with so many activities and commitments that it becomes easy to forget things. Use calendars and automatic notifications to stay on top of your to-do list. Also, try not to procrastinate on things that can/should be completed right away. For me, this includes responding to e-mails as soon as practical before they pile up and it gets even more difficult to forget important tasks.
  3. Learn to say no: This is perhaps the most difficult for me. I find many things interesting and like to try to be involved and help as much as I can. But, the reality is that we are all limited in our time and attention. If we say yes to everything, we could end up doing poorly at everything.

 As we near the end of another term and academic year, I hope you finish well! But, remember to put everything into perspective. Amidst your academic work, remember to prioritize time with your friends and family because years from now, when university life is a distant memory, it will be your relationships that define who you are.

 

Best regards,

Jeff Ng, PhD

Associate Professor - School of Accountancy

Dean of Students - Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong