8 Ways to Manage Your Time More Effectively
Between classes, extra-curricular activities, a part-time job, and other obligations, you might often feel as though you’re running on fumes! A jam-packed schedule can stress out anyone, and actually harm your productivity in the long run. Take these steps to manage your time more efficiently, and you’ll feel less stressed and hopefully carve out a bit more free time for yourself.
Create a weekly schedule. Sunday afternoon is a good time to look at the week ahead, and plan your work accordingly. Remember to factor in appointments and extra-curricular activities. Now that you have an overview of the week…
Make a to-do list every night for the next day. This is a great habit. Having a list of tasks that you must accomplish each day will keep you on track.
Schedule difficult tasks during your most productive time. If you’re a morning person, tackle that English Lit paper first thing on Saturday morning. Get it out of the way, and then move onto easier work. On the other hand, if you’re a night owl, take advantage of your unique strength. Some people are at their best when the house is dark and quiet.
Dedicate a block of time to your studies. However you decide to structure your schedule, set up a block of time to study without distractions. Turn off your cell phone and stay away from your laptop (unless you’re using it for homework). You’ll get much more accomplished if you aren’t distracted, and you’ll enjoy your free time more, too.
Bring your backpack. If you keep a few books with you at all times, you can work on an assignment while waiting for an appointment or during other unexpected down times.
Learn to say no. It can be difficult to turn down someone who is asking for help, or wants to hang out. But learning to prioritize your own time now will keep you balanced and productive throughout high school, college, and beyond. It’s okay to put yourself first!
Ask for clear instructions. If you’re confused about an assignment, clarify instructions with your teacher before leaving class. This will save you valuable time later, since you won’t have to check with a friend or take the risk of having to redo the assignment later.
Sleep. Get that crucial eight hours of sleep every night, no matter what. You will perform more efficiently when you’re well rested.
As always, remember to ask a parent or teacher for help before you become overworked and stressed out. Don’t let your workload get so out of control that it’s difficult to get back on the right track.