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Speaker stresses time management

By Dylan Bradley/reporter

Exploitation lost its negative reputation Nov. 14 on NE Campus, at least in regards to time.

Andy Hollinger, a NE history instructor, explained how to manage time in a student success seminar.

Learning the difference between exploiting and using time is crucial to getting everything out of the most valuable resource available, Hollinger said.

“Exploitation says you take every drop of value of that resource and use it for your gain,” he said. “You must learn to be ruthless … the winner wins. The second-place person is the first loser.”

Time is society’s most valuable resource, more valuable than money, Hollinger said. Exploitation starts with prioritizing objectives, setting long-term and short-term goals then planning the work and working the plan.

“It’s not a plan unless it’s written down,” he said. “Document and be accountable.”

Hollinger said that being accountable means that the plan is written, then one grades it.

“Your schedule becomes a live part of you,” he said. “You have to promote what works and change what doesn’t.”

He also explained that multitasking is a myth, and students need to prioritize and manage interruptions.

“If you’re studying with a screen on in the background, are you really studying?” he said. “You’ve got to do what works for you … and to change what isn’t working is hard.”

Writing a schedule and sticking to it is like starting a diet, Hollinger said.

“Decide what’s important in your life,” he said. “That’s the level of commitment.”

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