Between homework, sports, extracurriculars, jobs, and any of the other important activities that one does after school, it can be difficult to keep up with all of those responsibilities. This is where time managing skills can be crucial in high school. Though it can be difficult to find a balance between all these activities, there are a few steps we can take in order to find this balance.
First, it is important to get all of our responsibilities organized so that we can plan ahead and make our week much less stressful. All it takes is filling out a planner and planning our week according to one’s already scheduled activities. For instance, if you know you have a game on Thursday night and a big test on Friday, you can plan to get your studying done another day.
From my experience, planning out my week made getting my assignments done on time much less stressful. At first, I was not very on top of writing down my assignments, but that led to me occasionally forgetting my due dates. Now that I have started recording all of my assignments, I have been able to remember when things are due much more easily than when I was just relying on my memory.
Next is something I still try to improve on today… procrastination. When a student has an overwhelming amount of work to do, it can be difficult to find a place to start. Therefore we push off our work. I for one, am definitely guilty of doing this, but there are some ways to make it not so overwhelming.
I believe that everyone needs a little down time to relax, but in order to not get carried away and push off responsibilities, I try to break up my work. One of the best ways I have found to do this is to reward myself after working or studying for a while with food or maybe a little time on my phone. By doing this, it helps to motivate me to finish and it refreshes me so I can get right back to work and get my work done without being completely stressed out by the time my work is complete.
Finally, it is important to be able to multitask. There may be times when we cannot focus on one thing. For instance, sometimes while I am studying or doing homework, there is background noise that makes it hard for me to concentrate. That is why I have learned to focus my attention on other things. I have found this especially helpful when I am trying to finish my homework in a room filled with other students talking amongst themselves. Not only does multitasking help to focus my attention, but it also helps me to get more work done and stay productive.