One of the biggest factors in the college environment is prioritization of time. Too many students find themselves unable to juggle the various facets of their lives. College Success is Pierce College’s answer to such problems for students. I don’t want to be misunderstood; the course is a pretty decent safety net for students that may need that helping hand, but College Success isn’t going to be a constant in anyone’s life.

Many people don’t realize it, but individuals are prioritizing their lives every day. Every individual is deciding where to eat, who to spend their time with, what job to work at, what classes to take and so on. The real problem lies in most people’s inability to properly prioritize their time. As a person who has had a history of procrastinating in the past, I have a lot of experience in poor prioritization.

When you’re young, very few things matter beyond hanging out with friends and following whatever the brain may lead. As pre-teens become teenagers, they begin to start determining what matters to them. Next thing you know, you’re prioritizing and nothing can stop you.

I’m not going to sit here and explain how to properly prioritize as it really depends on an individual’s unique situation. I’m also not going to pretend that I have everything figured out in my own life; anyone who’s spent a considerable amount of time with me would know that this is not the case. I’m going to posit a question that readers should ask themselves: how much time do you spend on the things you actually want to be doing?

There are an incalculable number of factors to consider when that question is broached. So many people instantly put down the notion due to personal constraints. I imagine it’s because Americans have this idea that we’ll eventually get to do what we want to once we’ve slogged through the years of hard work.

Here’s the kicker though — with every person’s situation being different, there is no set period that can be designated as the time where people are allowed to start enjoying their lives. When first presented, such a thought can be intimidating and stressful. After all, if  there’s no guaranteed pay off to the work I put into my life, then why should I put off the things I want to be doing? The short answer is that I shouldn’t. You shouldn’t.

Life is short and there’s no assurance as to when your hard work will pay off, so make sure you’re making time to play hard too. That’s not to say that everyone should embrace a carpe diem lifestyle and neglect pressing matters, but there’s a balance. Don’t spend all of your hours in a day building for what tomorrow might bring — tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. It’s your life, so prioritize it however you want, but life is too short to spend it all doing things you don’t want to do.


Steven Gonzalez

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