Managing Your Time in a Hectic World

Living in the 21st century is fast paced to say the least.  We in an era that is arguably the most hectic and demanding time in human history.  In simpler times most people only had to worry about finding food for the day and having a warm place to sleep at night. However, for the average person in 2010, it is not that easy.

Between school, work, friends and family as well as a myriad of other responsibilities and commitments, it is easy to become overwhelemed. I believe it is even easier for people working in the media.  Media professionals have to worry about lining up interviews, doing research, writing under deadline pressure,  and in the age of the internet, fullfilling social networking obligations.

Dave Fleet, a mass communications veteran, wrote an interesting blog post about managing time in public relations. Fleet swears by the use of the to-do list.  I’ve tried using lists before and it doesn’t always work out as planned.  However, Fleet also makes use of a website called, a sort of online planner that may seem more practical for people use to doing everything else online. One of the nice things about this site is that it eliminates the use of paper in planning out a to-do list.  This will be very helpful if you are somone with good intentions, but can never seem to find that little piece of paper with an important reminder scrawled on it.

Nobody want to be a note monster…

Fleet also cites the importance of planning out entire weeks at a time.  This is something I think would be very useful in not becoming sidetracked by things that may seem important at the time, but are ultimately a waste of that most precious commodity.

Though planning is extremely useful and in many ways necessary to stay afloat in a hectic, outragously busy world, it is important to remember to be flexiable, according to Fleet. Often times more important things will come up and you can’t just blow things off because of your preset schedule.

About Bob Ringer

I am a 21-year-old journalist and student at Minnesota State University, Mankato,born and raised in the shadow of the Twin Cities, in the suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota.
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4 Responses to Managing Your Time in a Hectic World

  1. Ellen Mrja says:

    Do you mean to tell me Evernote is all I needed to organize my life? Geez. I wish I had known that 30 years ago…

  2. Yoonki says:

    Today I just made an appointment with a specialist at the hospital, which collides with my interview schedule. I totally agree that media people are supposed to have hard time dealing with their hectic schedules.
    I really like the Youtube video and am going to use Evernote. Let’s see how useful it is! Thank you for such a nice posting and keep up the good work!

  3. Love the video, but the link to Fleet’s blog post didn’t work (but I found it anyway). Obviously, I can not speak to this as a PR Pro, but as an undergraduate student, I completely agree. As undergrads we are expected to be involved in everything under the sun while maintaining a pristine GPA. Balancing so many different things is a daunting task and sometimes is too overwhelming. Thanks for blogging about time management and including the Evernote link, I look forward to trying it. Do you use it yourself?

    Margo Steck

  4. jakebohrod says:

    “In simpler times most people only had to worry about finding food for the day and having a warm place to sleep at night. However, for the average person in 2010, it is not that easy.”

    Wow, that’s great. But I understand what you’re saying, and agree. Sometimes I feel like I have so much to do that I might as well not do any of it, just to keep consistent.

    The online time-manager looks interesting, but I wonder if it’s made obsolete by the smart phone. Smart phones can do anything.

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