The Mentoring and Students Services Unit (MSSU) of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) held an educative online seminar on Friday, 5th February 2021, to share some insights on time management with students at the Business School. The session dubbed “The Clock is Ticking” was facilitated by Dr. Teddy Ossei Kwakye, a Lecturer with the Accounting Department.
The session began with a brief introduction of the speaker by Dr. Lily Yarney, the Coordinator of the MSSU and a Senior Lecturer with the Public Administration and Health Services Management Department. This seminar on time management falls under the unit’s “Beyond the Curriculum” initiative, which seeks to offer insights and knowledge on various topics outside the classroom to ensure that students graduate from this university as properly socialized or all-around individuals.
Dr. Kwakye began the presentation by describing time as a resource given to every individual in equal measure. Thus, each person has to himself or herself twenty-four (24) hours per day. He also described time as an entity that is perishable, irreplaceable, irretrievable and indispensable in achieving our goals and objectives in our various lives. He took the students through an exercise that revealed that time is a measure of their lives and, therefore, time wasted is life wasted. He also intimated that how they spend their time will determine who they become in the future and how they affect that future. Thus, goals cannot be achieved without proper time management.
Defining time management as the ability to choose the sequence of events one partakes in, he encouraged the students to view time management as a means to succeeding in life regardless of life’s challenges. Dr. Kwakye highlighted self-discipline as a necessity to effective time management in an individual’s life. In addition, he described procrastination, lack of self-discipline and lack of organisational skills as barriers to effective time management. He encouraged students to try as much as possible to overcome these barriers to attain effective time management and revealed that they can do so using technology such as smartphone applications that help the user to plan the day and allocate time for each event in the day.
The event ended with an interactive question and answer session.
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