It’s an ability most struggle with especially in their younger years. Time management causes many people to freak out and become more stressed than they should because trying to coordinate many schedules can get difficult.
For most students, maintaining a schedule filled with work, school and extracurriculars may be difficult. Senior Omar Ferrer is involved in many school activities that suck up his time, but he has found a way to work with them and schedule in some free time.
“I am involved in most of the band programs here at the school, pep band, marching band, advanced band and orchestra. I also work and I am involved with CPTV,” Ferrer said. “I write down a list of things I have to do and I prioritize them that way or I use my hand, something that Gloff taught me, where you can only handle so many things of each, like you can only handle five things like any human can handle like five things and you have to prioritize the first three.”
No matter what age, time management can be a difficult thing to deal with. For social studies teacher, Michael Bazin, it can be difficult for him and his wife to maintain their children’s schedules on top of their own, but they have their way of working it out in order to get everything done and to fulfill everyone’s needs.
“I have four kids ranging from a third grader who is eight years old, a first grader who is six, a preschooler who is four and a toddler that just turned one,” Bazin said. “It requires a lot of planning and luckily I have a wife that is a planner and so she has her little daily planner that we talk about probably on a constant basis.”
During soccer season, Bazin’s schedule gets a little hectic on top of his off campus schedule. He and his wife would tag-team taking their children to their practices, but now that season is over, the chaos has lightened up.
“Work is the bulk of my day. In the evening during soccer season, my worst day is essentially a Tuesday because (it) is the day I don’t have my prep, then I go straight out to practice. Then let’s say 3-5 p.m. is high school practice, then 5-6 p.m. was our U6 practice, 6-7 p.m. was our U8 practice and then my oldest son had practice overlapping that, so my wife and I were kind of splitting duties there,” Bazin said.
While Bazin’s life is full of plans and young children, social studies teacher, Jim Ingelhart’s life is slowing down because his children are getting older. Ingelhart’s oldest is moved out while the youngest moved home after graduating Purdue Lafayette to continue her education closer to home.
“Really when they went to college was probably the first time (having an open schedule). It was really nice; it was far more opened up when one went down to IU Bloomington and the other went down to Purdue Lafayette,” Ingelhart said. “When they were both out of the house it was a lot nicer through that school year to have all kinds of extra free time. Now that the one is back here, she doesn’t impose, but it is something you kind of have to work around again.”
While there are many different tactics that people use in order to try to maintain balance during this time of year, many people, like Ingelhart, find making a list of what to do the best way to stay on task.
“Usually what I try to do is set some lists of priorities, try to get some exercise in. I buy groceries and cook so I try to work that in as well and just try to plan ahead but at the same time try not to have too many things written in stone because you have to be a little more flexible. You have to prioritize what is important to you,” Ingelhart said.
Another interpretation on keeping a list is by utilizing the calendar that is already available on cell phones. While living in a technologically advanced world, some find it easier to log their schedules in the device that they cannot leave a room without.
“I keep a calendar and live by it, like the phone calendar and my husband and I share it, so if he puts something in it I see it and if I put something in he sees it,” math teacher Erin Rawls said.
In attempt to avoid some of the stress of being rushed to get everything done with a short amount of time, Rawls begins to decorate at the very start of the season.
“We already have our Christmas decorations up- yep we are those people. We put the decorations up early and it’s also super fun,” Rawls said.
Finding the time to begin to celebrate can be difficult when trying to balance practices, classes and various other clubs. Although it may be a struggle, by now some students have learned their own ways of organization while continuing to take part in the many activities that are offered during whichever season.
“I’m on the golf team, which is a fall sport and the swim team, which is a winter sport. I’m also in band and National Honor Society which are all year,” junior Bri Tetzloff said. “Since I have a job and I get home late every night I stay up late to do homework and get it all done and then study for tests. You really just have to say ‘Okay, I’m going to do this’ and then you have to do it. You can’t procrastinate or take a lot of breaks. You have to sit down and actually do it.”
In order for Tetzloff to get into the spirit while maintaining the things she does to the best quality, she often finds herself starting to celebrate early so she can feel the spirit and joy as long as she can.
“I get into the holidays around Thanksgiving. I try to stay peppy even when I’m not in sports and stuff, during school I try to say ‘Christmas and Thanksgiving are coming up’ and be in the spirit,” Tetzloff said.
This time of year is known to be crazy and hectic, but will never be the end of someone if everything is not perfect. No matter how or when the season is celebrated, it is meant to be a time for people to join together to commemorate the joys of the year. Whether it is the holiday season or not, time management is a struggle in itself and for the individual.
“Chaos is easy. It’s all about perspective. When kids are in high school, they think they have no time to do anything, and when you’re in college, you think I don’t have time to do anything, and then when after that, you just grow and deal with it,” Bazin said. “It’s one of those perspective things, when you’re in it, yeah it’s stressful, but you don’t realize that it’s going to get worse eventually. Dealing with chaos at this point and spur of the moments is just a constant.”