What is or is not the importance of time management / project planning?

Describe an instance when you managed your time poorly. What were the consequences? How did you adjust in the future?

Consider time conceptually. What are the different types of time? How does time change based on perception?


The importance of time management and project planning cannot be overemphasized. This may seem trivial and tedious at times, but is indeed very important to a large project such as the capstone. A detailed timeline of how far along progress should be at each checkpoint in time is extremely important. These checkpoints can be used to see whether or not the project is on time to meet a certain deadline. Because each part of the project takes a certain amount of time, it’s a good idea to get a larger picture of how everything will work together. However, this does not mean I have to follow exactly how the project was planned. Sometimes, parts and pieces of the project need to switched around and reorganized, which is okay. Later on in the project revising the timeline is something that, most of the time, will occur. An instance where I managed my time poorly was for a final English paper that I had to write last semester. It was quite lengthy, around 10-12 pages, and I waited until the day before to finish the assignment. Consequentially, I stayed up almost all night just to finish the paper. Luckily my grade didn’t suffer. One good aspect I got out of that experience, however, was that I was able to crank out 10 pages in around 5-6 hours due to my prior planning. I already outlined and thought out what I wanted my paper to be like. In the future, I will most likely keep the same planning so the execution will not take too long, but I will try and start my work earlier. In my opinion the different types of time are mental time, relative time, and absolute time. Mental time is the time you think has gone by in your head, relative time is time that has gone by in relation to other people’s perception, and absolute time is how much time actually passed. Just by these definitions, time will change based on perception. Likewise, perception is based upon the surrounding environment and current perception of what is going on. For instance, writing this blog post may cause time to move faster. In class listening to a lecture however, may cause time to move slower.

 

 

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